Train drivers from 15 UK rail companies are set to go on another one-day strike in early January over a wage dispute.
action planned by Aslef Union members will be on January 5Which falls in between two strikes being organized by the RMT union on 3-4 and 6-7 January.
Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “We don’t want to go on strike but the companies have pushed us to this point. They haven’t offered a single penny to our members at these companies – and these are people who haven’t received a raise since April 2019.
The Aslef strike will affect the following operators: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, Crosscountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, GTR Great Northern Thameslink, London North Eastern Railway, Northern Trains, Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, South Western Rail, SWR Island Line, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains.
Whelan called this latest strike action “a last resort” and blamed the train operating companies’ “obstinate attitude” for failing to resolve the dispute.
Meanwhile, RMT workers are set to go on strike again this weekend in their separate dispute with train companies and Network Rail over pay, conditions and jobs.