Strikes set to hit Eastern England in November and December

01 November 2006

Train drivers union ASLEF has announced that its 750 members in ‘one’ will take industrial action against the company on 10,17 and 24 November and 1,8,15 December. The dispute concerns a pay offer the union deems ‘totally unacceptable’ and marks another low point in relations between the company and its key workers.

 

Since a ballot on the issue began in late September the company has made little positive movement. It has chosen to sulk in the background, trying to throw doubt on the union's method of consulting its membership (an internally conducted secret postal ballot).

 

ASLEF National Organiser Andy Reed says this is nonsense - and insists that the company knows it.

 

'The ballot we conducted shows that our members are prepared to take action short of a strike, and 94% have voted for that strike action. Even with a return like that, 'one' is still trying to deny that it has a problem. It is clearly being advised by ostriches!' he declared.

 

'Well - 'one' management has a problem. They need to recognise this, and try to sort it out by coming back to the negotiating table in good faith. Otherwise we will demonstrate the strength of feeling of our members on the industrial action days we have announced.'

 

Andy said he regretted the inconvenience this would cause to tens of thousands of 'one' customers but added. 'We will just tell them that the company treats its workers in the same way it does its passengers - poorly!'.

 

'one' runs trains between London Liverpool Street and the East of England and is made up of services previously provided by Anglia, First Great Eastern, parts of WAGN operation and the Stansted Express. Among other places, its trains run to Norwich, Southend, Stansted, Cambridge and Peterborough. The 'one' franchise is owned by National Express Group.

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