Train drivers to go on strike on 30 Julyon July 14, 2022 at 3:31 pm

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Union Aslef says 4,500 workers from eight rail companies will strike on a Saturday over a pay row.

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Train drivers at eight rail companies will strike on 30 July in a dispute over pay, union Aslef has announced.

The union announced the day of industrial action after talks broke down over a pay offer to keep pace with the increase in the cost of living.

The move comes a day after the RMT Union, which represents rail workers such as guards and signalling staff, said it would walk out on 27 July.

RMT workers already walked out for three days in June over pay and jobs.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef which represents train drivers, said members “don’t want go on strike” but added train companies had offered “nothing” and claimed the union had been “forced into this position by the train companies, driven by the Tory government”.

“We don’t want to inconvenience passengers – not least because our friends and families use public transport, too, and we believe in building trust in the railways in Britain – and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike,” he said.

The Department for Transport has previously urged the union to reconsider strike action, saying train drivers earn on average about £60,000 per year – more than twice the UK median salary.

“It is very disappointing that, rather than commit to serious dialogue with the industry, ASLEF are first seeking to cause further misery to passengers by joining others in disrupting the rail network,” a statement said.

The date of action on 30 July coincides with the Commonwealth Games, which are being held in Birmingham.

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Train drivers at the following companies have voted to strike:

  • Arriva Rail London
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Great Western
  • LNER
  • Northern Trains
  • Southeastern
  • TransPennine Express
  • West Midlands Trains
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