British rail travelers resolved on Monday that drivers from eight railroad companies would strike in a payment dispute. Generation’s first national driver strike This summer.
Aslev, a train driver’s union, said drivers voted “overwhelmingly” for industrial activity and refused to offer salary increases in line with inflation by companies in some nationalized industries. Said to blame.
All drivers from Arriva Rail, Chiltern, Great Western, LNER, Northern Trains, Southeastern, Transpennine Express and West Midlands Trains voted for the strike with the voting results announced on Monday.
Staff from the other three companies have already voted for industrial activities, and there are still three ballots left, making them likely to be the first national train driver strike since 1995.
Athlef General Secretary Mick Wheelan told the Financial Times last week that such a strike would cause “massive” confusion.
Emergency response plans to replace impressive drivers are limited, and two industry executives predict that if the driver leaves, the network will perform less than 10% of normal service.
Athlef’s vote also triggered a coordinated strike action from three unions that crippled railroads this summer, following a strike by RMT last month, and railroad travel has almost stopped.
TSSA union staff resolved to strike on Network Rail and Southeastern on Monday, already supporting action at five other train operating companies, with no further voting yet.
TSSA represents managers and supervisors who are often relied on to operate railroads during strikes. Union leader Manuel Cortez said the result “significantly increases the potential for major turmoil.”
Some Network Rail managers will not be able to strike if the cohort does not meet the statutory turnout requirements.
RMT warned of a new wave of strikes if negotiations with the industry resumed on Monday failed.
Welan said on Monday that industrial activity could still be avoided, but urged the government budgeting the industry to allow railroad companies to offer larger salary increases.
“We are pleased to talk to someone to make a deal and make sure that the British railroads are not in turmoil. The government is limiting what operators can offer, They refuse to participate in the negotiations. They don’t seem interested in finding a solution, “he said.
The government argued that it was “disappointment” that Aslev was trying to build up “further misery” on the passengers, and that the union was “not committed to a serious dialogue.”
Train drivers have a median annual salary of £ 60,000 and British railroads need modernization, so union bosses need to rethink their plans.
The Rail Delivery Group, an industry group, has also called on Aslef to continue discussions.
Welan said last week that members were offered money saved from a salary increase of about 2% and productivity gains. This is in contrast to inflation, which is projected to reach 11% this year.
However, as a sign of a sort of salary increase needed to avoid industrial activity, Aslef drivers voted on Monday to accept a 5% salary increase from Scot Rail.