Train drivers are to strike on 1 and three February after their union rejected a pay supply, Aslef introduced.
The first strike will coincide with a walkout by 100,000 civil servants of their dispute over pay and jobs, a strike by academics over pay and nationwide protests towards the federal government’s controversial new strike legislation.
Mick Whelan, Aslef normal secretary, mentioned: “The offer is not acceptable but we are willing to engage in further discussions with the train operating companies.
“They need to rip up our phrases and circumstances in return for a real-term pay lower. It was clearly a rushed supply, made simply earlier than our assembly with the minister, and never one, it appears to me, that was designed to be accepted.”
Aslef mentioned members at 15 prepare corporations will participate within the strike motion.
The corporations affected embrace:
- Avanti West Coast
- Chiltern Railways
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway
- Greater Anglia
- GTR Great Northern Thameslink
- London North Eastern Railway
- Northern Trains
- Southern/Gatwick Express
- South Western Railway (depot drivers solely)
- SWR Island Line
- TransPennine Express
- West Midlands Trains
Earlier this month, rail trade physique the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) mentioned it had supplied Aslef an improved pay supply in change for reforms to how the railways are run, in a bid to finish a long-running industrial dispute.
The RDG had mentioned the supply included a backdated pay enhance of 4% for 2022 adopted by an additional 4% pay rise in 2023, and a dedication to no obligatory redundancies over the following 12 months.
“If accepted, the proposal would mean the base salary for the average driver would increase from £60,000 to almost £65,000 by the end of 2023,” the RDG had mentioned.
Education secretary criticises instructing union for voting to strike
More than 450,000 working days misplaced resulting from strike motion
Anti-strike invoice: What it means for employees and why the federal government needs it
The circumstances hooked up to the proposed hikes included new Sunday working preparations but in addition promised no obligatory redundancies till April 2024.
An announcement mentioned: “The offer is contingent on common sense, vital and long overdue changes to working arrangements across the industry.
“Many of those are already finest follow in components of the railway and are designed to keep away from disruptive gaps in companies.”
The supply was made amid a separate, and extra prolonged dispute, between Network Rail and prepare operators involving the RMT union which had already rejected an identical supply to resolve their pay struggle.
Click to subscribe to the Sophy Ridge on Sunday podcast
The authorities and the trade have argued that any settlement should be inexpensive within the new actuality going through the railways – with passenger numbers nonetheless properly under their pre-pandemic peaks.
It comes as a wave of commercial motion has swept throughout the nation for months over disputes over pay, jobs and circumstances.
Nurses and ambulance employees are amongst those that have participated in industrial motion.
Thousands of academics are set to strike in February and March after the most important schooling union, The National Education Union (NEU), introduced plans to carry seven days of walkouts in a dispute over pay.