A trade union leader has warned that the brutal rail strike is further from being resolved than when it began last year.

Ick Whelan, general secretary of the Aslef drivers’ union, was asked by the transport commission to say how close the situation was to resolution on a scale of one to 10.

He replied: “I think you can include zero. We are further than when we started.”

Mr Whelan also criticized the way Rail Delivery Group made the offer last Friday afternoon, saying it was first leaked to some media outlets and contained details that “shattered” agreements with the union.

Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) general secretary Mick Lynch said: “We don’t have an agreement. Until we get an agreement, we’re not close to that.”

He said nine points had been added to the proposal made last month, calling it “sabotage” and blaming the Transport Ministry.

Mr. Lynch also made it clear that his union would never accept a DOO-only job on the railroad.

Mr Whelan said Aslef was also opposed to DOO.


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