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Train drivers join the strike as looming railway chaos

Train drivers have to strike because of wages, and more railroad workers will vote for industrial action amid growing disputes in the industry, which threaten huge disruptions in travel in the coming weeks.

Drivers’ Union Aslef announced strikes in three companies in individual rows more than pay, while the Association of Transport Employees (TSSA) filed a notice of a production vote.

Members of Aslef on Hull Trains will strike on June 26, at Greater Anglia on June 23 and at Croydon Tramlink on June 28 and 29, and on July 28 and 13 and 14.

TSSA has said it will vote for hundreds of workers to hold industrial promotions at Avanti West Coast train operator in a dispute over pay, working conditions and safety.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) are set to strike at Network Rail and 13 rail companies later this month, while RMT and Unite have announced their exit from the London Underground.

TSSA has said it requires Avanti to guarantee no layoffs for 2022, no uncoordinated changes in conditions and a pay rise that reflects rising cost of living.

Voting will begin on June 15 and end in two weeks, and the union says the strikes could begin in mid-July, if there is support from members.

TSSA Secretary General Manuel Cortes said: “Avanti West Coast needs to come to the table to face the challenges of its staff and tell its advisers in the government that there are widespread disruptions in rail transport.

“Avanti West Coast staff are asking for some basic fair treatment: don’t fire them; fair wage increases in a crisis of cost of living; and no race to the bottom on terms.

“We can observe a summer of discontent on our railways. We are preparing for all options, including coordinated strikes. “

Avanti operates passenger trains from London Eustan to Birmingham, Crewe, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow.

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Train drivers join the strike as looming railway chaos

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