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Latest London train strike LIVE: Aslef union announces new strikes for August 13

“Strikes are the last resort”

Aslef announced that its members would walk out on Saturday August 13, saying the companies had not made a salary offer to help members keep pace with the rising cost of living.

Drivers are already set to strike this Saturday at seven companies and on Wednesday Aslef members from two other train operators voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

The announcement came as strikes by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association brought services to a standstill on Wednesday, with only around one in five trains running and some areas having none.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “Strikes are always the last resort.

“We don’t want to inconvenience 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 have been pushed to do so by the government.

“Many of our members, who were the men and women who moved key workers and goods across the country during the pandemic, haven’t had a pay raise since 2019.

“With inflation north of 10%, that means these drivers have taken a pay cut in real terms 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 is not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you are not worse for three consecutive years. Especially since the rail companies are doing very well, thank you, on British railways – with handsome profits, dividends for shareholders and big salaries for managers – and the train drivers don’t want to work longer for less.

“Wage increases do not fuel inflation. Excessive profit is, but the government is not asking companies to cut profits or dividend payouts to help manage inflation. Wages drive up prices, they do not drive them up.

“We don’t see why we should forgo a pay rise to keep pace with inflation and help privatized railroads make even bigger profits to send overseas.”

Avanti West Coast and CrossCountry drivers voted more than 9 to 1 to go on strike, it was announced on Wednesday.

They will strike on August 13 alongside drivers from Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

A row erupted between unions and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps after he presented plans to curb industrial action, including halting coordinated industrial action, limiting picketing and a post-cooling period. the strikes.