TRAIN drivers will go on strike next month over pay disputes.
The train drivers’ union, Aslef, confirmed the strike tonight as members of nine companies across the country went on strike on Saturday 13 August.
South East drivers will go on strike in Sussex, which will affect Hastings bound for Ashford International trains.
Services from Battle to Tunbridge Wells are also affected.
The announcement came as the proposed exit of signalers affected services across Sussex.
Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “Strikes are always a last resort.
“We don’t want to cause any inconvenience to passengers – our friends and families also use public transport – and we don’t want to lose money on strikes, but we have been pushed into this position by the companies who claim it was pushed to do so by the Tory government.
“Many of our members – the men and women who have been moving key workers and goods across the country during the pandemic – have not received a pay rise since 2019.
“With inflation above 10%, that means these drivers have seen a real pay cut in the last three years. We want an increase in 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 don’t get worse for three years in a row. Especially since train companies are coming out of British railways very well – with handsome profits, dividends for shareholders and high salaries for managers – and train drivers no longer want to work for less.”
Union members are also going out this Saturday, July 30th.
Drivers for Avanti West Coast, Cross Country, Arriva Rail London, Great Western, LNER, Greater Anglia, Hull Trains and West Midlands Trains will also be noticed across the country.
Meanwhile, Southern Railway and Thameslink commuters are advising trains will start later tomorrow as striking signallers start later.
The first service from Brighton to London Victoria is at 7:17 am, while the first service from Brighton to London Bridge is at 7:28 am.
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