ASLEF talks to ATW

05 January 2016

After the rock solid strike by ASLEF drivers at Arriva Trains Wales yesterday [Monday 4 January] the company has asked to talk to the union today.

Simon Weller, ASLEF's national organiser, who is leading negotiations with the company, said this morning: 'Following a solid strike where no ATW trains ran, and ASLEF members stood solid, further talks have been arranged for today  to resolve the dispute over working conditions.'

Changes made by ATW managers to an agreement struck following the last ditch talks to avert strikes in November are at the centre of the new dispute.

The current industrial action also involves a withdrawal of overtime working which has exposed ATW’s shortage of train drivers as they are unable to cover even their basic bread and butter services. 

ATW, like most of the privatised train operating companies, does not employ enough drivers to provide the service it pledged, in its franchise agreement, to provide.

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