ASLEF calls off strike in Northern Rail on Monday

10 October 2008

Train drivers’ union ASLEF today suspended the industrial action it was contemplating in Northern Rail in the north-west of England. Over 500 ASLEF members employed by Northern Rail were prepared to take industrial action next Monday, 13 October.


Intense discussions have been continuing ever since over 90% of ASLEF members voted for industrial action last month. The dispute centers on what the union considers ‘a severe breakdown in industrial relations’. The union’s President Alan Donnelly and district organizer Colin Smith were involved with the union’s company council until late this afternoon in attempts to find agreement with management on an astonishing 70 outstanding issues.


The union’s general secretary Keith Norman says that the union has not found 100% satisfaction on all the outstanding issues, but added that his executive committee had called off the proposed action because of ‘encouraging progress’ that had been made in today’s ‘constructive talks’.


Discussions will continue on the remaining points in the immediate future. ‘I am hopeful that all the issues can be amicable resolved,’ Keith said, although he reminded all concerned that the union retained a legal mandate for action in the future.


He recorded his sincere thanks to all those ASLEF members who had backed the negotiators so strongly. ‘All the progress we have made is down to them,’ he declared.

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