FCC and freight action off, Eurostar goes ahead

17 Dec 2009

Proposed industrial action by ASLEF members at First Capital Connect and two freight firms has been cancelled - but a strike at Eurostar seems certain to go ahead this coming Friday and Saturday.

ASLEF’s executive committee has called off a planned strike of its 550 plus members working on First Capital Connect (FCC) after the company made an improved pay offer. FCC has now put on the table a deal equating to 5% over two years. The new offer will be put to members in a ballot with the results declared on 14 January. Keith Norman said he hoped that as part of the process the company would ‘address the causes of the current disagreement by recruiting more train drivers’.

Meanwhile drivers on Southern who were prepared to take action on 27 and 28 December and 3 January because the company refused to recognise Monday, 28 December 2009 as a Bank Holiday have also called off proposed action as the company were convinced of the union’s case.

Two freight firms - Freightliner Intermodal and Heavy Haul – were threatened with action over disciplinary procedures but the cases were resolved and talks over Competence Development Procedures agreed.

A dispute at Eurostar over the worth of international allowances dropping because of changes in the value of the Euro will go ahead this coming Friday and Saturday.

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