Rail strikes to continue up until August 2024 as Aslef train drivers ballot to continue walkouts

Train motorists at five rail drivers have voted to proceed taking strike activity for 6 months in the long-running disagreement over pay and problem

Aslef claims its participants on Chiltern, C2C, East Midlands, Northern and TransPennine railways had extremely backed continuing with action, which started in July 2022.

Unions involved in conflicts have to reballot their participants every six months on continuing with industrial action.

The train drivers are in disagreement with all 14 train operating business [TOCs] regulated by the UK government and stood for by the Rail Shipment Team (RDG). No progress has actually been made considering that a deal was made, and immediately rejected, in April 2023. It provided a small pay boost subject to comprehensive reforms to functioning techniques.

In the latest tallies, the lowest percentage in favour of more strikes was 89.4 per cent at C2C, which connects London with south Essex. All the rest were above 90 per cent.

In terms of all qualified members, the highest possible bulk in favour of strikes went to the north of England operators, Northern (72 percent) and TransPennine Express (73 per cent). Both are run by the federal government. C2C had the most affordable proportion, at 63 percent.

Introducing the voting figures, Mick Whelan, basic secretary of Aslef stated: “These outcomes show– yet once again– a clear being rejected by train motorists of the outrageous offer propounded us in April in 2014 by the Rail Distribution Team in support of the train operating business with whom we remain in disagreement.

” The RDG knew the offer would be rejected due to the fact that we had actually told them that a land grab for all the terms we have worked out for many years would certainly be inappropriate.

” Since then our members have actually elected, time and again, for strikes. That’s why Mark Harper, the transportation assistant, is being disingenuous when he says that deal ought to have been put to members.

” Motorists obviously would not elect industrial action, repeatedly and again, if they believed that was a good offer. They do not.

” That offer was dead in the water in April in 2014– and I think Mr Harper knows that.”

Yet Mr Whelan provided an olive branch of types to ministers and the employers, saying: “We stay open and eager, as ever, to discuss a changed deal.

” That’s why we are asking the secretary of state for transport, or the rail preacher Huw Merriman, to come and fulfill us. Mr Harper hasn’t chosen to talk to us since December 2022; Mr Merriman has not been in the room with us because January 2023; and the RDG has actually not spoken to us since April last year.

” Today we are stating, plainly, to Mr Harper, Mr Merriman, the RDG and the TOCs: come and speak to us. Let’s relax the table and negotiate. You do not desire anymore strikes, and we do not intend to be compelled to take anymore industrial action, although we have the renewed mandates to do just that.”

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