We got some more from Mick Whelan on why Aslef members have decided to go on strike.
We don’t want to be a burden to passengers, our friends and families also use public transport, and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike, but we have been forced into this position by the companies, who say they are driven to this by the Tory government.
Many of our members, the men and women who transported key workers and goods across the country during the pandemic, have not had a pay rise since 2019.
With inflation north of 10%, this means that these drivers have had a real pay cut over the past three years.
We want an increase in line with the cost of living, we want to be able to buy in 2022 what we could buy in 2021.
It’s not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you’re not worse off three years in a row.
Mainly because the train companies are doing very well, thank you, from the British railways, with nice profits, dividends to shareholders and high salaries for managers, and train drivers no longer want to work for less.
Wage increases do not fuel inflation. Excessive pursuit of profit is, but the government isn’t asking companies to cut profits or pay dividends to help control inflation.
Wages chase prices, not inflate them.
We don’t see why we should waive a salary increase to keep up with inflation and help the privatized train companies make even bigger profits to send abroad.
The striking drivers are all part of the Aslef union.
Aslef Secretary-General Mick Whelan said the strikes were “the last resort”, but many of its members had not had a pay rise in three years despite the pandemic, and high inflation meant they had suffered a pay cut. real terms.
We regret the inconvenience caused. We understand that this happens when we take industrial action, but it is up to the companies to rectify this.
As we just mentioned, Trains in West Midlands is one of seven companies affected today.
But those companies operate more than seven services.
The other services experiencing problems are intercity services on LNER, which runs from London to Scotland via Leeds. That service will be greatly reduced. Great western services will be severely limited. All Heathrow Express trains will be canceled and there will be no GWR services west of Bristol to Wales.
a minimal Greater Anglia service, and only one Hull Trains service in any direction, will work. There are no trains running through Southeastand the majority of the London above ground services are also discontinued.
Other train operators such as: Southern and Thameslink have warned that services could become crowded and disrupted if passengers transfer to alternative services.
Across Britain, millions of people are today dealing with rail disruptions as thousands of drivers from seven operators go on strike over a wage dispute.
The union action by members of the Aslef union is the largest train drivers’ strike in decades and will stop the services of some train operators.
One of the services affected is West Midlands Trains, which will run to sports venues around Birmingham, the host city of the Commonwealth Games.
Railroad bosses accused the union of targeting its actions on the opening weekend of both the Games and the new season of the English football league.
We bring you the latest developments on this story throughout the day.