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Strike negotiations fail to prevent Aslef walkout

Train services in the UK will be affected by a 24-hour strike being held today (August 24th).

24 August 2011

A strike by Transpennine Express train drivers is to go ahead after talks between Aslef - the union representing the workers - and the company broke down.

Today (August 24th) and Friday will see demonstrations after the organisation deciding against continuing strike negotiations with the body.

Aslef - which has over 18,500 members - revealed they had offered to bring the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) into the discussions, but this offer has been rejected.

Nicky Whitehead, the Aslef official leading negotiations with Transpennine Express, noted: "We felt we were making progress and offered to continue the talks. They said no. We offered to suspend the action and involve the conciliation service ACAS. They said no."

He added that because of the attitude adopted by the train company, there is no choice other than to go ahead with industrial action.

The source of the dispute is the 2.2 per cent pay increase employees have been offered.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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