New deal offered by National Express Group in bid to avert industrial action on Wales and Borders.

08 September 2005

There has been a constructive meeting between ASLEF and the National Express Group which has resulted in a much improved offer to the ASLEF Negotiation team, in a bid to avert to industrial action on the group"s Wales and Borders franchise.

Drivers employed at the new Wales and Borders franchise voted for industrial action by 87% over a dispute about pay harmonisation between employees transferred from several different previously existing train operating companies. Strike dates were set for the December 14/15/ December and 21/22 2002, allowing time for the disputes to be resolved through negotiations

The offer from the company will be considered on the 9th December 2002 by the ASLEF National Executive Committee. This offer could well see industrial action being suspended on Wales and Borders 

ASLEF General Secretary Mick Rix said " No decision can be made on this improved offer from the National Express Group until there has been full consultation with all the ASLEF members in Wales and Borders but I am hopeful that a deal can be achieved through the process of negotiations which will protect the long term interest of local train services for Wales"

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