Britain faces more rail turmoil as train drivers decide to strike


UK rail services are facing further turmoil after train drivers from eight rail companies have decided to strike 24 hours over wage disputes later this month.

Members of Arriva Rail London, Chiltern Railways, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains have left the Association of Automotive Engineers and Firefighters (Aslef), a trade union that represents train drivers. Said. July 30th.

Greater Anglia drivers will also strike on July 23, and Hull Trains drivers will strike on July 16 and 23.

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Transport Minister Grant Shaps will give a speech on June 16, 2022 at the Siemens Rail Facility Mobility Division Rail System in northern London, demonstrating the government’s vision to create a reformed and modernized rail. (A / PA media)

This action is in addition to the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) planning a strike on the railroad company and Network Rail on July 27, and the Transport Salary Association (TSSA) members on the Avanti West Coast on the same day. I will.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps has accused the strike, which will take place just days after the start of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, as “destructive.”

“Options only”

Athlef General Secretary Mick Wheelan said the driver did not want a strike, but “has been driven to this position by a Tory-led railroad company.”

He said the driver had made a substantial wage cut over the last three years, which he said was “unacceptable.”

“Currently, strikes are the only option, but if the railroad company or government wants to talk to us and make a fair and wise offer, we can always accept the talk,” he said. ..

“Incredibly disappointed”

Chaps called the union’s decision “incredibly disappointing.”

He accused the union boss of trying to derail the Commonwealth Games.

“By appearing to be coordinating the Commonwealth Games strike dates, the union bosses are determined to cause as much misery as possible and upset the events the country is looking forward to. Obvious, “he said.

According to Chaps, train drivers earn an average annual salary of about £ 60,000 ($ 71,000), more than double the national average and “much more than the workers most affected by these strikes.” That is.

The railroad transport group, which represents the railroad company, said the planned strike “causes misery, frustration and anger in millions of people.”

He said industrial behavior “steals money from industry” and will make it difficult to raise salaries in the future.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan