Train services derailed again as drivers say no to overtime

Passengers face more frustration this week as train drivers mount an overtime ban in their long-running pay dispute.

Aslef union members at 15 rail firms in England are refusing to work over their hours from today to Saturday, and from August 7 to 12.

The action follows crippling strikes last week by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union.

It will hit Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; Cross Country; East Midlands Railway; Greater Anglia; Great Western Railway; GTR Great Northern Thameslink; Island Line; LNER; Northern Trains; Southeastern; Southern/Gatwick Express; South Western Railway main line; TransPennine Express; and West Midlands Trains.

Aslef general secretary, Mick Whelan, said the union had heard nothing since members were offered a 4 percent rise in April. There will be a further increase if drivers give up their terms and conditions.

He said: “The train companies and the Government which stands behind them have forced us into this place.”

The Department for Transport said: “The Government has met the rail unions, listened to them and facilitated improved offers on pay and reform.

“The union leaders should put these fair and reasonable offers to their members so this dispute can be resolved.”

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