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Strike negotiations needed to resolve dispute?

Strike negotiations could be on the cards as part of a dispute between train drivers and their union

25 February 2011

Strike negotiations could soon be taking place between train drivers and a union following the announcement of strike action this coming weekend.

On Sunday (February 27th), train drivers working for Arriva Trains Wales will not work any overtime, with formal industrial strike action planned for the following day.

The strike action follows a break down in strike negotiations and talks between drivers and the drivers' union, Aslef.

Drivers are unhappy with current rules over Sunday working and a subsequent pay rise. They claim a 12 per cent pay rise offered over two years actually equates to 9.25 per cent over two years, with the extra 2.75 per cent coming from working Sunday overtime.

In a ballot, 70 per cent of members said they were prepared to take part in a strike.

Train cleaners from the RMT union will soon be staging a 24-hour strike as part of a dispute over pensions, a claimed lack of communication and apparent wage discrepancies. 

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