Train users set to face more strike action

File picture at Wellingborough station
File picture at Wellingborough station

TRAIN users are facing two more days of strikes later this month.

The industrial action will be carried out by ASLEF union members who work for East Midlands Trains, and the railway operator has hit out at the union as a row over pensions continues.

East Midlands Trains has accused the union of hypocrisy after it announced strikes on Saturday, June 23, and Monday, June 25.

The operator has pledged to keep services running on both days.

David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains, said: “We know that our passengers will be extremely angry to hear that the ASLEF union is planning to cause further unnecessary disruption to their train services.

“Both the RMT and Unite unions have recommended acceptance of the same updated pensions proposals we offered to ASLEF several weeks ago. ASLEF also accepted the same pension contribution changes at two other rail companies. The action being taken by ASLEF is indefensible and pure hypocrisy.

“Our drivers have already lost £1,200 through six days of pointless strike action and we are certain they don’t want to lose any more money. We expect they will also be unhappy to hear that union leaders have called further strike action without re-balloting their members.

Under the new arrangements to come into force in July, staff contributions will reduce from 10.5 per cent of their annual salary to 9.08 per cent, but East Midlands Trains claims this will not impact on their final pension.