Rail strike deliberate for 30 September and 4 October – Enterprise Traveller

Rail strikes are set to proceed into the autumn, with employees throughout 16 practice corporations set to stroll out later this month.

The ASLEF union says that members will stroll out on 30 September and 4 October in a dispute over working situations and pay.

There will even be an extra time ban for drivers on 29 September, after which from 2 October till 6 October.

Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s common secretary, stated:

“Whereas we remorse having to take this motion – we don’t wish to lose a day’s pay, or disrupt passengers, as they attempt to journey by practice – the federal government, and the employers, have compelled us into this place. Our members haven’t, now, had a pay rise for 4 years – since 2019 – and that’s not proper when costs have soared in that point. Prepare drivers, completely moderately, need to have the ability to purchase now what they may purchase 4 years in the past.”

Responding to the deliberate strike motion, transport secretary Mark Harper tweeted:

“ASLEF’s cynical strikes on 30 Sept and 4 Oct are politically motivated. Prepare drivers are paid a median of £60k for a 35-hour, 4 day week. There’s a proposal on the desk to take that as much as £65k – and nonetheless they strike, placing their very own jobs in danger.”

The strike motion coincides with the Conservative social gathering convention, which is being held in Manchester from 1-4 October

Whelan added:

“We final noticed the Secretary of State for Transport in December. We final noticed Huw Merriman, the Rail Minister, in January. And we final noticed the practice corporations in April. Since then, nothing. Nada. Zilch. Not a letter, not an e mail, not a textual content message, not a cellphone name, not a WhatsApp. Not a phrase!

“The place’s Mark Harper? He holds the purse strings. The practice corporations have advised us. They are saying they can not act with out his say-so.”

He additionally known as on Harper to “come to the negotiating desk” and supply “an finish to this dispute”.

The 16 corporations affected are:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • c2c
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Higher Anglia
  • GTR Nice Northern Thameslink
  • Nice Western Railway
  • Island Line
  • LNER
  • Northern Trains
  • Southeastern
  • Southern/Gatwick Specific
  • South Western Railway
  • TransPennine Specific
  • West Midlands Trains