Train drivers vote for strike

By Amelia Riley

Train drivers have voted for a strike in a row over pay.

Further travel disruptions are threatened as members of Aslef, the drivers’ union, have voted to walk out at eight train companies.

After strike action by 40,000 rail workers in June, passengers faced major disruption.

In the biggest rail strike in 30 years, members of the RMT union walked out at 13 train companies and Network Rail.

Unions must give a 14-day notice and dates of the proposed strike have not been announced yet.

The general secretary of Aslef, Mick Whelan, said that many union members “have not had a pay rise since 2019.”

“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,” he said.

To end the dispute that led to a reduced timetable for almost two months, Aslef train drivers working for ScotRail voted to accept a 5% pay increase.

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