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Aslef announce fresh train strikes in pay row

TRAIN drivers are to hold more strikes in their long-running dispute over pay.

Sixteen passenger operators will be hit by one-day strikes, coupled with a six-day ban on overtime, train drivers’ union Aslef announced today.

Different operators will be targeted on different days.

The drivers have not had a pay increase for five years and first balloted for strike action in June 2022.

Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “Since then train drivers have voted, again and again, to take action to get a pay rise. 

“It is now a year since we sat in a room with the train companies – and a year since we rejected the risible offer they made which they admitted, privately, was designed to be rejected.”

Strikes will take place on Tuesday May 7 and Thursday May 9. An overtime ban runs from May 6-11.

The drivers have held 14 days of strike action since the dispute began.

The government will use taxpayers’ money to compensate operators for lost profits.
 
A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group said it continues to seek a fair agreement with Aslef.

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