rain drivers will ban time beyond regulation on Friday forward of two days of strikes which is able to trigger recent journey chaos for passengers.
The drivers will strike on Saturday and once more subsequent Wednesday, coinciding with the annual convention of the Conservative celebration in Manchester.
They may ban time beyond regulation on Friday and from October 2 to six.
Our members haven’t had a pay rise for 4 years – since 2019 – and that’s not proper when costs have soared in that point
Aslef mentioned the strikes will pressure practice working firms to cancel all providers whereas the ban on time beyond regulation will critically disrupt the community.
The union mentioned practice firms have at all times did not make use of sufficient drivers to offer a correct service.
Mick Whelan, Aslef’s normal secretary, mentioned: “Whereas we remorse having to take this motion – we don’t wish to lose a day’s pay, or disrupt passengers, as they attempt to journey by practice – the federal government, and the employers, have compelled us into this place.
“Our members haven’t had a pay rise for 4 years – since 2019 – and that’s not proper when costs have soared in that point.
“Practice drivers, completely fairly, need to have the ability to purchase now what they may purchase 4 years in the past.”
A spokesperson for Rail Delivery Group, mentioned: “Our provide to Aslef would take common driver salaries to £65,000 for a four-day week – that’s greater than double the typical UK wage and plenty of drivers prime up their revenue additional by working time beyond regulation.
It’s apparent that the sector can solely fund a pay rise by altering the way it delivers providers so it may reply to that transformation in how the general public use the railway
“We’re prepared and prepared to speak to Aslef’s leaders so we will finish this damaging dispute however any talks about pay additionally want to handle working practices that date again a long time.
“The trade relies on a month-to-month injection of as much as £175 million from the taxpayer as a result of revenues are nonetheless 30% beneath pre-pandemic ranges – whereas concurrently dealing with unprecedented modifications in buyer journey patterns.
“It’s apparent that the sector can solely fund a pay rise by altering the way it delivers providers so it may reply to that transformation in how the general public use the railway.
“Meaning placing managers – relatively than unions – accountable for planning shifts.
“It means permitting managers to answer sudden employees absences to allow them to scale back the last-minute cancellations that so frustrate our clients.
“It means giving our clients extra dependable practice providers once they truly wish to use them – notably on Sundays. That’s how any trade survives and thrives.”
A Division for Transport spokesperson mentioned: “The Government spent £31 billion of taxpayers’ cash – £1,000 per family – to guard rail staff’ jobs through the pandemic.
“There’s a honest and affordable provide on the desk that may take practice drivers salaries from £60,000 to £65,000 for a 35-hour, four-day week.
“Aslef’s leaders gained’t put this provide to their members and as an alternative proceed to strike – damaging their very own trade within the course of.”