Drivers at four rail firms vote to strike in pay dispute, union Aslef announces

Drivers at four rail firms vote to strike in pay dispute with votes still being counted in four more after ScotRail staff agreed to accept improved 5% offer

  • Aslef members did accept an improved pay offer from ScotRail on Monday 

Train drivers at four rail companies have voted to strike in a dispute over pay, with four more ballots still being counted, their union Aslef has announced.

It comes after Aslef members did accept an improved 5 per cent pay offer from ScotRail on Monday.

The union announced that its members had accepted proposals on pay and conditions from the newly nationalised rail operator.

In May, members refused to work overtime or rest days as part of the pay dispute.

This led to hundreds of services being cut from timetables on May 23, with Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth saying it would provide greater certainty.

Train drivers at four rail companies have voted to strike in a dispute over pay, with four more ballots still being counted, their union Aslef has announced

Train drivers at four rail companies have voted to strike in a dispute over pay, with four more ballots still being counted, their union Aslef has announced

Aslef Scottish organiser Kevin Lindsay said: ‘Following a ballot on the improved offer negotiated with ScotRail, Aslef members have voted to accept the proposals on pay and conditions.

‘Aslef is a democratic, lay, member-led union, and I want to thank our members for their engagement and response to the ballot.’

In June, ScotRail offered train drivers a pay increase of 5 per cent following negotiations with the union.

The reduced timetable has affected a number of large events across Scotland, including Scotland’s World Cup qualifier match against Ukraine at Hampden Park and the Trnsmt festival in Gkasgow.

As well as a 5 per cent pay increase, drivers will also get more money for rest day and Sunday working, driving instructor and maternity pay along with a policy of no compulsory redundancies for the next five years.

Aslef has balloted members at firms Arriva Rail London; Chiltern; Croydon Tramlink; Greater Anglia; Great Western; Hull Trains; LNER; Northern Trains; ScotRail; Southeastern; TransPennine Express; and West Midlands Trains. 

More to follow. 

It comes after Aslef members did accept an improved pay offer from ScotRail on Monday

It comes after Aslef members did accept an improved pay offer from ScotRail on Monday

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