Train strikes: Drivers to stroll out in pay row

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By. Noor Nanji
Business reporter, BBC News

Rail passengers face extra disruption this weekend with practice drivers at eleven corporations set to stroll out on Saturday as part of a long-running pay row

The. strike by the Aslef union is set to impact individuals travelling to Christmas markets and major sporting events

Passengers. are being advised to examine before they travel

However,. strike motion at London Overground – which had been expected on Saturday – has been suspended while union members give some thought to a new pay offer

Regret. on both sides

Aslef, which represents drivers, wishes wages to retain pace with the rising price of dwelling. It pronounced talks with rail companies broke down after no pay supply was made

“We. remorse that passengers will be inconvenienced for one other day. We do not want to be taking this action,” pronounced Aslef’s common secretary Mick Whelan

The. Rail Delivery Group, which represents practice companies, pronounced it was “incredibly frustrated” that Aslef’s management had decided to take further strike action

“We. remorse Aslef’s decision, which will cause real disruption to passengers and hit its members’ pay packets,” a spokesman said

A. Department for Transport spokesperson pronounced that the strike motion was “disappointing and “unproductive, especially due to its timing in the course of the World Cup football tournament and a busy retail period

“This. dispute has gone on far too long and is not only causing disarray in people’s lives, however is harming the economy too. We urge union leaders to reconsider this motion and instead work with employers, not towards them, to agree a new means ahead. The future of our railway relies upon on it,” the spokesperson added

Which. practice corporations are affected?

  • Avanti West Coast – no prone on the day
  • Chiltern Railways – no services
  • CrossCountry – no services
  • East Midlands Railway – no services
  • Great Western Railway – an “extremely. limited” service
  • Greater Anglia – “heavily. reduced” service
  • London North Eastern Railway – “limited”. service
  • Northern Trains – no services
  • Southeastern – no services
  • Transpennine Express – “very. limited” service
  • West Midlands Trains – no services

In addition to the eleven corporations directly affected by the industrial action, Heathrow Express and London Northwestern Railway are additionally expected to be affected

Operators. that are not affected will run trains, however they could be very busy

Passengers. are being advised they should examine prone before they travel, and to enable extra time for their journey

Great. Western Railway (GWR), which will run only an really diminished service on the day, has warned prospects travelling to Christmas markets and major sporting events to evade taking the train

It. pronounced that as a consequence of the strikes, no GWR trains will serve Bath Spa for the opening Saturday of the city’s Christmas market

Fans. heading to Cardiff for Wales’ Autumn International towards Australia, or to Twickenham to see England take on South Africa, might additionally face disruption

‘I. hope the negotiations work out as it impacts my future’

Cameron Hughes, 21, from Surrey works in a grocery store warehouse, and says the trains not running means he can’t see his girlfriend Natasha, who lives in Bournemouth

He. is especially reliant on trains for tour this weekend as he is not allowed to drive, since his general practitioner suspects he could have epilepsy

“If. my epilepsy diagnosis is confirmed, then I’ll forever be reliant on trains for tour. I really hope the negotiations between practice staff and operators work out as it impacts my future”

However,. he does understand why workers are striking

“Other. nations like Japan have nice practice structures and have not seen a strike in a long time. I think the working corporations might strengthen stipulations for practice workers here,” he says

The. newest Aslef industrial motion follows four past 24-hour strikes by drivers, which led to practice prone being cancelled and delayed

There. has been widespread disruption on the railways this year, with the RMT union additionally taking motion at Network Rail and 14 practice corporations. Previous strikes by the RMT have had a major effect on prone throughout England, Scotland and Wales

Union. bosses have pronounced that with prices of meals and power soaring, corporations should be paying their members more

Meanwhile,. railway bosses have claimed they want to give workers pay rises, however insist modifications are needed to “modernise” working practices and save money

Aslef’s. Mr Whelan advised the BBC: “We do not want different workers suffering, we do not want the common public struggling going forward

“But. the only means we have received at this moment in time to reinforce our wants and different people’s wants is to take the motion we’re taking”

The. UK has been hit by a wave of strikes this year, with unions across a variety of industries, representing different job roles, staging walk-outs

The. disputes are over working conditions, pensions and pay. Prices are rising at over 11% per year, the. quickest rate for forty years. That means workers are seeing their dwelling expenses rising quicker than their wages, leaving them worse off

Who. else is going on strike and when?

  • The RMT union has announced that further industrial motion will be held on the trains across four 48-hour periods on 13-14 and 16-17 December, and 3-4 and 6-7 January
  • The. Royal College of Nursing has pronounced that members will take part in strike motion expected to commence by the end of the yr.
  • Workers at Royal Mail are to strike on six extra days in the run-up to Christmas, on top of motion taking place around Black Friday
  • Members. of the University and College Union, which represents staff in larger education, are staging one other strike on 30 November.

Why. are so many workers going on strike?

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