Aslef train drivers are set to strike again and will take an overtime ban over the never ending dispute over pay.
They will take part in a rolling programme of one-day strikes which will stary on 30 January, 5 February and then from 29 January they will take part in an overtime ban for nine days.
Aslef have said that they want to put pressure on “tone-deaf Tory government” and the “intransient” train operating companies.
Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said, “We have given the Government every opportunity to come to the table but it has now been a year since we had any contact from the Department for Transport.
“It’s clear they do not want to resolve this dispute.
“Many of our members have not had a single penny increase to their pay for half a decade, during which time inflation has soared and, with it, the cost of living.
“Train drivers didn’t even ask for an increase during the Covid-19 pandemic when we worked throughout lockdown as key workers, risking our lives, to move goods around the country and to enable NHS and other workers to get to work.
“The Tory government has now tried its old trick of changing the rules. When they couldn’t win they brought in minimum service levels legislation.
“But this new law, as we told officials during the consultation period, won’t ease industrial strife. It will just make it worse.
“There is, frankly, no excuse for this nonsense. The Government and train operating companies (TOCs) should come to the table with a realistic offer so we can end this dispute and work together to ensure the future of our railways.”