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Aslef updates on progress of union bargaining

Aslef has updated the public on the progress of its strike negotiations.

30 March 2011

Details of negotiation strategies employed by train driver's union Aslef have been set out.

The organisation revealed it has received a number of enquiries regarding the reasons for its ongoing dispute with London Midland.

Aslef explained that the basis of the issue is to do with the working conditions of drivers at the company, in addition to the matter of equal pay.

Commenting on the situation, Aslef office Mick Whelan noted that discrepancies still exist for workers at London Midland, which was created through the amalgamation of Silverlink and Central Trains.

"We have been negotiating for three years to harmonise the conditions of drivers from the two companies," he said.

Mr Whelan went on to illustrate the extent of the problem, citing figures that show some drivers are being paid over £1,000 less than others in the same roles.

In a move that could prompt strike negotiations, he claimed Aslef members would be taking industrial action to "demonstrate the strength of feeling" among its members at the firm.

Earlier in the month, the organisation hit back at a statement issued by London Midland, implying that it was being "held to ransom" by the demands of workers.

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