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Arriva Trains Wales workers set to strike

Employees of Arriva Trains Wales are set to strike on the day of Wales' first Six Nations match.

27 January 2011

Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) seems to be in need of better negotiation techniques after it was announced that its drivers would be striking next month.

Rail union RMT announced that drivers would be taking industrial action on February 4th after talks over pay increases broke down.

The strike will take place on the day of Wales' first Six Nations rugby match against England at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.

ATW claimed that its offer of a 12 per cent increase over two years was "very generous" but RMT general secretary Bob Crow said it was still "unacceptable".

He explained that members would still be left with "an effective pay cut … which was loaded with strings".

Mr Crow asserted that members were not satisfied that the current offer would be enough to protect their standard of living.

This comes after managing director of Serco Docklands David Stretch told the Press Association that negotiation techniques were helping to prevent industrial action on London's Docklands Light Railway. 

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