Massive backing for Arriva Trains Wales strike

12 November 2010

ASLEF’s 478 members in Arriva Trains Wales are taking strike action on 19 November, 26 November and 27 November – with other dates in the pipeline but not yet announced. In a ballot, members were asked two questions. To the first, ‘Are you prepared to take part in a strike?’ 92% said yes – and to the second, ‘Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?’ 95.9% said yes. The turn-out for the vote was remarkably high – over 80%.

General Secretary Keith Norman said he had written to the company’s HR Director to inform him that their failure to provide a satisfactory pay offer is not acceptable to ASLEF and advising him of the dates of the initial industrial action.

‘This is a clear-cut dispute about the company’s pay offer. Our members in ATW have seen their salaries fall behind train drivers in the rest of the industry. They will not be penalised for working in Wales.’

Keith confirmed that a further meeting had been arranged between the union and the company but warned that the ballot result showed clearly the anger of ASLEF members.

‘We will not accept that train drivers in Wales are second class citizens,’ he insists.

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