Mick Whelan, Secretary General of train drivers’ union Aslef, said the industrial action planned for late July would result in “virtually no service” in the affected areas.
“It saddens us – we’d much rather talk to find a way out, but unfortunately nobody comes to the table,” he told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday.
members of Aslef Arriva Rail London, Chiltern Railways, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains will drop out in a pay dispute on July 30.
Greater Anglia drivers will also go on strike on July 23rd and Hull Trains will go on strike on July 16th and 23rd.
The action comes in addition to a planned strike by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) at railroad companies and Network Rail on July 27 and by TSSA members on the Avanti West Coast on the same day.
Members of the RMT at Network Rail and 14 train operators will also retire on August 18th and 20th.
Mr Whelan said Aslef did not provide an “exact figure” for the salary increase he was seeking.
“Most people don’t understand that no one in the rail industry has had a raise in three years… and the cost of living crisis is hitting all workers,” he said.
After Mr Whelan said the average salary of a train driver is “around £59,000” he was asked if ordinary workers would already consider that a lot of money.
“Probably for a lot of people, and I look at other workers and I think they should have what he had,” he replied.
“We don’t get involved in this politics of envy, for us it’s about everyone being entitled to a raise.”
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “Governments are not interfering in union talks, it has not happened under Labor or Conservative governments.
“Industry offers unions daily talks. We encourage unions to stay at the negotiating table and call off these strikes.”
The spokesman said it was “simply wrong to say that no worker has had a raise in three years”.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20285189.nationwide-rail-strikes-will-go-ahead-later-month/?ref=rss There will be nationwide rail strikes later this month