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UK train strikes announced for December

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Rail passengers face a new wave of disruption in December after train drivers announced more strikes.

The Aslef union on Thursday outlined a “rolling programme” of strikes at 16 train companies between December 2 and December 8, with drivers at different operators walking out on each day. 

Members have also been banned from working overtime between December 1 and December 9.

The union said that spreading the strike action would mean the “ramifications for the rail industry will be greater”.

“We are determined to win this dispute,” said Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary.

Aslef said its strikes would see drivers walk out over six days:

  • East Midlands Railway and LNER on Saturday December 2

  • Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, Great Northern, Thameslink and West Midlands Trains on Sunday December 3

  • C2C and Greater Anglia on Tuesday December 5

  • Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, South Western Railway mainline and Island Line on Wednesday December 6

  • CrossCountry and GWR on Thursday December 7

  • Northern and TransPennine Express on Friday December 8

The strikes represent the latest action in a wave of public sector industrial action that began in the rail sector last summer before spreading across the NHS, schools and scores of government agencies.

Although some pay disputes have now been settled, the government is still struggling to contain the fallout from ongoing strikes by hospital consultants and junior doctors as well as the disruption to rail.

Aslef in April refused a government and industry pay rise offer of 8 per cent over two years, tied to significant reforms of working practices, which Whelan described as “a land grab for our terms and conditions”.

Transport secretary Mark Harper this week urged Aslef’s leadership to put the pay and reform offer back to its members, days after the RMT union reached an agreement…

2023-11-16 13:25:52

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