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Prepare drivers announce new week-long extra time ban

Rail passengers are dealing with additional disruption over the summer season holidays after prepare drivers introduced one other week-long extra time ban in a long-running dispute over pay.

Members of the drivers’ union, Aslef, will refuse to work further hours from Monday 7 August to Saturday 12 August.

The economic motion, which impacts traces served by 15 prepare corporations in England and a few cross-border routes into Wales and Scotland, would be the fifth week-long ban on working extra time since Could. The newest ban ended on Saturday, with one other due from 31 July to five August.

Mick Whelan, the Aslef common secretary, stated: “We don’t wish to take this motion – as a result of we don’t need individuals to be inconvenienced – however the prepare corporations, and the federal government which stands behind them, have compelled us into this place as a result of they refuse to take a seat down and discuss to us and haven’t made a good and wise pay provide to coach drivers who haven’t had one for 4 years – since 2019 – whereas costs have soared in that point by greater than 12%.”

Community Rail has urged passengers to verify earlier than they journey on strike days as providers may begin later and end earlier.

The impression of the ban will fluctuate throughout the nation, with some prepare operators putting in an amended timetable throughout the industrial motion.

The prepare corporations affected are: Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; Cross Nation; East Midlands Railway; Better Anglia; Nice Western Railway; GTR Nice Northern Thameslink; Island Line; LNER; Northern Trains; Southeastern; Southern/Gatwick Categorical; South Western Railway major line; TransPennine Categorical and West Midlands Trains.

Prepare employees belonging to the RMT union staged two strikes final week and can take additional industrial motion on Saturday, in their very own long-running row with prepare operators over pay, jobs and situations.

A spokesperson for the Rail Supply Group (RDG), representing prepare operators, stated: “Aslef’s management continues to disrupt prospects’ journey plans. They rejected a good and reasonably priced provide with out placing it to their members, which might take common driver base salaries for a four-day week with out extra time from £60,000 to almost £65,000 by the tip of 2023 pay awards.

“Prepare corporations will work laborious to minimise the impression of the extra time ban that can have an effect on the extent of cancellations and the punctuality of some providers. Clients are suggested to plan their journey upfront and verify the most recent journey info earlier than they journey.

“We ask Aslef to recognise the very actual monetary problem the business is dealing with and work with us to ship a greater, extra dependable railway with a robust long-term future.”

The announcement got here after deliberate London Underground strikes this week have been known as off by RMT and Aslef after a breakthrough in talks.

In different developments, extra strikes at Gatwick airport have been suspended after DHL staff accepted a 15% pay rise, easing fears of disruption over the busy summer season vacation interval.

In addition to the pay enhance, staff at DHL will get an uplift in expertise pay, which means hourly charges will rise by between 15% and 31%. Plus, staff will get an additional shift premium of £1.25 an hour for work between midnight and 4.59am, stated their union, Unite.

Earlier this month, the union stated about 950 employees who work in roles together with baggage dealing with and check-in desks for ASC, Menzies, GGS and DHL, would maintain eight days of strike motion.

Because of the pay deal about 600 DHL staff will now not strike from Friday 28 July to Tuesday 1 August, and likewise from Friday 4 August to Tuesday 8 August.

ASC and Menzies staff are being balloting on improved pay presents and talks are progressing with GGS, the union stated.