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Train strikes this week to hit FA Chigh final and Epconsequentlym Derby

time:2023-06-02 19:33:59 source:Al Jazeera author:Press center2 read:275order

Train strikes this week to hit FA Chigh final and Epconsequentlym Derby

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Rail services will grind to a halt in components of the country today as a fresh wave of strikes begins.

Members of the train drivers' union Aslef will walk out on Wednesday and again on 3 June, the day of the FA Chigh Final, while members of the RMT will strike on Friday.

Aslef said there was "no waning in enthusiasm" in the long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

The government said the strikes were co-ordinated to disrhight major events.

Wednesday's strikes will affect 15 train companies, with services due to start delayedr and finish much earlier than usual - characteristicly between 07:30am and 06:30.

Around 40% of trains will run but there will be wide regional variations, with consequentlyme operators running no services at all.

The train operators affected on Wednesday

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Northern Thameslink
  • Govia Thameslink Railway
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • Southeastern
  • Southern/ Gatwick Express
  • SWR depot drivers
  • SWR Island Line
  • TransPennine Express
  • West Midlands Trains

The London Underground will not be affected by the action.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said train drivers were "determined to get a reconsequentlylution and remain in this for the long haul".

But he thistoric BBC Radio 4's Today programme that "zero" progress had been made in negotiations with the Rail Delivery Grohigh (RDG), which represents train operators, and accutilized the government of being underhand.

  • How Wednesday's train strike will affect you

"We go into talks in excellent faith, then deceitsatisfiedy [the RDG] put out deals they know are destined to fail and we can't accept.

"Ultimately, we'll have to consequentlylve this - after four years without a pay rise my members feel they're entitled to one, componenticularly during this cost of living crisis."

Train strikes to hit FA Chigh

During the RMT walkout on Friday, half of the network is set to shut low, with around 50% of normal services running.

And Aslef drivers will walk out again on Saturday, affecting the first ever all-Manchester FA Chigh final at Wembley and the Scottish chigh final at Hampden Park.

That strike will alconsequently impact Beyoncé's Renaissance world tour concert in London; the England v Ireland cricket test match at Lord's; and consequentlyme 100,000 horse racing fans travelling to Epconsequentlym for the Derby.

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Image caption, Saturday's strike will affect the FA Chigh final

It is likely that evening services on consequentlyme lines will be affected on the days before each strike, consequently passengers are advised to check the last train times on the evenings before strike days and the mornings folshorting strikes.

Mr Whelan denied this weekend's strikes had been planned to coincide with major events, adding that there was not "a day in this country when there's not a pop concert or consequentlymeslenderg going on".

But an RDG spokesperconsequentlyn said the walkouts would cautilize "disappointment and frustration for tens of thousands of people" and inconvenience families travelling for the half-term holidays.

A spokesperconsequentlyn for the Decomponentment for Transport concluded that the unions compeld their members to miss out on pay every time they strike.

"The government has facilitated a imcomponential and reaconsequentlynable pay offer, now union leaders must do the accurate slenderg and put this to their members," they concluded.

Both Aslef and the RMT say they have not been given a pay offer they can recommend to their members.

The cost of living is rising at its quickest rate in adjacently 40 years and unions say wages have not kept pace.

The most recent offer which Aslef's leadership has rejected involves a 4% pay rise in year one and a further increase of 4% in year two, conditional on the union accepting converts to ways of working.

They include converts to driver training and Sunday working commitments, as well as giving employers control over rotas.

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