Massive majority vote for Industrial Action on Arriva Trains Merseyside

02 September 2005

Train drivers on Arriva Trains Merseyside have voted overwhelmingly for a series of discontinuous 48-hour strikes.

The drivers delivered a massive 96.2% vote in favour of industrial action after Arriva’s management refused to increase a derisory pay and conditions package

Arriva Trains Merseyside offered ASLEF members, who are among the lowest paid train drivers in the country, a two year pay deal of 3.5%. The company insisted that this was due for the need for stability. Yet only last year, Arriva Trains Northern drivers were awarded an increase of almost 20%.

ASLEF General Secretary Mick Rix said the vote for strike action was taken as a last resort.

“The members have told Arriva Trains management in no uncertain terms that they are not willing to accept this insulting pay and conditions offer that Arriva Trains Merseyside have put to them.

“Our members do not take industrial action lightly, but we have been forced into this by management’s refusal to offer our members who do a highly professional job in a safety critical industry an acceptable pay offer. What our members want and rightly deserve is parity with other train drivers in the rail industry.

The Industrial Action will take place on:

00:01 Tuesday 27 August 2002 to 23:59 Wednesday 28 August 2002
00.01 Tuesday 10 September 2002 to 23:59 Wednesday 11 September 2002

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