No end is in sight in the year-long rail dispute between the Government and unions, over pay at the Department for Transport’s 14 directly-owned or contracted operators.
Additionally, four other non-pay disputes are now under way, with new ones at the East Coast and West Coast Main Line operators.
The national rail dispute is set to grind on after ASLEF members voted to renew their mandate for strikes for a further six months (see table). RMT members renewed their strike mandate for six more months in May (RAIL 983).
“Once again, our members have decided that we are in this for the long haul,” said ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan after the ballot result.
“Train drivers are sick of their employers and the Government failing to negotiate in good faith, and blaming drivers for their inability to manage services and the rail industry effectively.”
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