‘Strikes are the last resort’
Aslef introduced its individuals will stroll out on Saturday August 13, announcing the companies did not make a pay be offering to assist individuals stay tempo with will increase in the price of residing.
Drivers are already set to strike this Saturday at seven firms and on Wednesday Aslef individuals at two extra educate operators voted overwhelmingly for business motion.
The announcement was once made as moves through individuals of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and Transport Salaried Staffs Association crippled products and services on Wednesday, with most effective round one in 5 trains working and a few spaces having none in any respect.
Mick Whelan, basic secretary of Aslef, stated: “Strikes are always the last resort.
“We don’t want to inconvenience passengers – our friends and families use public transport too – and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike but we’ve been forced into this position by the companies, who say they have been driven to this by the Government.
“Many of our members, who were the men and women who moved key workers and goods around the country during the pandemic, have not had a pay rise since 2019.
“With inflation running at north of 10 per cent that means those drivers have had a real-terms pay cut over the last three years.
“We want an increase in line with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy, in 2022, what we could buy in 2021.
“It’s not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you’re not worse off for three years in a row. Especially as the train companies are doing very nicely, thank you, out of Britain’s railways – with handsome profits, dividends for shareholders, and big salaries for managers – and train drivers don’t want to work longer for less.
“Wage rises aren’t fuelling inflation. Excess profiteering is, but the Government isn’t asking companies to cut profits or dividend payments to help manage inflation. Wages are chasing prices, not putting them up.
“We don’t see why we should forego an increase in salary to keep pace with inflation and help the privatised train companies make even bigger profits to send abroad.”
Drivers at Avanti West Coast and CrossCountry voted through greater than 9-1 to head on strike, it was once introduced on Wednesday.
They will strike on August 13 along drivers at Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.
A row broke out between unions and the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps after he laid out plans to curb business motion, together with preventing coordinated business motion, proscribing picketing and having a cooling off length after moves.