Rail workers at GWR and Southeastern strike back

RAIL workers at two rail companies have voted to strike over an ongoing wage dispute.

Aslef drivers’ union members at Great Western Railway (GWR) and Southeastern Railway supported industrial action and threatened further disruption to passengers and commuters across Sussex.

GWR trains serve several stations in the western half of Sussex, with south-east trains operating from Hastings.

The result could trigger work stoppages later in the summer after the RMT union went on strike last month, paralyzing rail services across the country.

Aslef members at six other companies also voted to strike; namely Chiltern, LNER, Northern, TransPennine, West Midlands and London Overground.

Strike dates have not yet been announced.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association also elects members of Network Rail and a number of train operators in England on the possibility of opting out.

The Argus: Southeastern Railway drivers also voted for industrial actionSoutheastern Railway drivers also voted for industrial action

Aslef general secretary Mike Whelan said strikes were “always the last resort” but many members had not received a pay rise in three years.

He said: “The railway companies are doing very well on British railways – with handsome profits, dividends for shareholders and high salaries for managers – and train drivers will no longer work for less.

“We’re not asking for a raise. We demand that our salary not be reduced for the third year in a row.

“We’ve been accepting real pay cuts for two or three years now, but while huge amounts of money continue to slosh around in our industry, we won’t be taking another cut for another year.

“Our members have been proud to receive essential colleagues and essential goods across the country during the pandemic. We’re proud to continue to serve passengers when they return to our railways, but our hard-working railway workers will not take real pay cuts year after year.

“We are happy to speak to anyone who can resolve this situation, but the government limits what operators can offer and then refuses to engage in negotiations. They have no interest in finding a solution.”

GWR and Southeastern Railway have been approached for comment.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20271452.rail-workers-gwr-southeastern-back-strike-action/?ref=rss Rail workers at GWR and Southeastern strike back

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