Aslef members at Chiltern, LNER, Northern, TransPennine Express, Arriva Rail London, Great Western, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains voted about 9-1 to strike in a turnout of more than 25 years. 80 percent. The dates of the proposed exits have not yet been announced. Unions must give 14 days’ notice.

Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “We have been forced into the position of government-run companies.

“Many of our members – the men and women who moved key workers and goods around the country during the pandemic – have not received a pay rise since 2019.

“We want raises in line with the cost of living. It’s not a bad idea to ask your employer to make sure you’re not worse off for three years in a row.”

Last month, a separate strike by 40,000 rail workers affected thousands of commuters as members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) across 13 rail companies and Network Rail walked out of the biggest rail strike in 30 years.

Talks between the RMT union and rail operators are set to resume this week.

The Transport Staff Association (TSSA) is also polling its members at Network Rail and a number of rail operators in England to protest.

The Transportation Salaried Employees Association announced that hundreds of its members in Southeastern have voted to strike and other forms of protest related to pay, job security and working conditions.

The union has not given a date for the protests, but will now discuss next steps with workplace representatives.

General secretary Manuel Cortes said: “This is an excellent result for our union and follows similar votes in a number of other rail companies, the results of which are expected from our Network Rail members in the near future.

“The results show that our members are fully determined to fight for their pay, work and conditions. They are right to do so amid an escalating Tory cost of living crisis and with a chaotic government bent on drastically cutting our rail network while inflation rages.

“It would be unwise for any rail company to ignore the feelings of our members. We will be speaking with our workplace representatives shortly to consider next steps in the coming days.

“If ministers had any sense they would sit down and deal with this, so we have a fair settlement for workers who have been hailed as heroes of the pandemic.”


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