FRESH train strikes in the New Year were announced by militant unions today.
More misery will be unleashed onto passengers on January 5 when Aslef drivers at 15 rail companies walk out.
1Train strikes will happen on January 5Credit: AlamyIt follows crippling strikes over the Christmas period by Mick Lynch’s RMT union.
The Aslef strike will hit thousands of travellers including those on East Midlands Railway, Avanti and Southeastern.
Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “We don’t want to go on strike but the companies have pushed us into this place.
“They have not offered our members at these companies a penny, and these are people who have not had an increase since April 2019.
“That means they expect train drivers at these companies to take a real-terms pay cut, to work just as hard for considerably less, when inflation is running at north of 14%.
“The train companies say their hands have been tied by the Government, while the Government, which does not employ us, says it’s up to the companies to negotiate with us.
“We are always happy to negotiate – we never refuse to sit down at the table and talk – but these companies have offered us nothing, and that is unacceptable.”
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