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UK Train Strikes Set for 5th, 6th & 8th April

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In a long-running dispute over pay and conditions, train drivers from 16 UK rail companies are planning to strike on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Monday 8th April.  

Members of Aslef will participate in rolling one-day walkouts accompanied by a six-day overtime ban.  The union aims to pressure train companies for a pay raise. London Underground drivers from Aslef are also set to strike in April and May.

Strike dates and rail companies:  

  • Friday 5 April: Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway, West Midlands Trains, and CrossCountry
  • Saturday 6 April: Chiltern, GWR, LNER, Northern, and TransPennine
  • Monday 8 April: c2c, Greater Anglia, GTR Great Northern Thameslink, Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, South Western Railway main line and depot drivers, and SWR Island Line

Despite numerous strikes since July 2022, little progress has been made in resolving the issue. Aslef's general secretary calls for meaningful negotiations, highlighting the lack of pay increases for train drivers since 2019.

The Department for Transport notes that Aslef is the only remaining striking rail union, highlighting resolved disputes with others and citing an offered pay increase from £60,000 to £65,000 as evidence of government efforts. The dispute is ongoing.

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