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Aslef members 'to be balloted for strike action'

Train drivers who are members of the Aslef union are set to vote on the possibility of strikes.

23 March 2011

Members of train drivers' union Aslef are to be balloted on whether to enact strike action.

BBC News reports that staff employed by London Midland will vote on whether to escalate a dispute over pay and working conditions.

However, the rail company urged Aslef to initiate strike negotiations rather than resort to industrial action.

Three-quarters of Aslef members had previously voted in favour of the move in December last year, but this was ruled to be unlawful by the High Court due to irregularities with the balloting process.

Wallace Weatherhill, operations and safety director for London Midland said that industrial action would be "devastating" and urged the union to consider negotiation strategies.

"The trade union needs to come to the table rather than balloting and try to put its demands in a more reasonable position," he asserted.

Earlier in the month, Aslef hit out at claims made by the rail company, after it released a statement to the press implying it was being "held to ransom" by the demands of workers.

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