Strikers on the picket line in Bournemouth this week (Picture: Aslef union on twitter)

Thousands of train drivers in the Aslef union struck last week and this week in the latest phase of their pay campaign that saw the first walkout in July 2022.

The action saw rolling strikes with each driver walking out for 24 hours.

In many areas union members turned out for picket lines, determined to keep up the battle.

Most train drivers have not had a pay rise for five years, and the bosses are out to savage their conditions as well.

The last of the current wave came on Monday at CrossCountry, Chiltern and Great Western.

An overtime ban continued until Tuesday this week.

Almost a year ago workers rejected a below-inflation offer of 8 percent over two years.

Since then the train operators have made no new offer, and the on-off occasional strikes have not moved them or the government that bankrolls the privatised firms.


The RMT union has announced two 48-hour strikes by over 300 workers on the London Overground on 19 February and 4 March over pay.

Those set to strike are security, station, revenue and control staff.

Arriva Rail London, which has the contract on London Overground, put forward a below-inflation pay offer.

The RMT has attacked bosses at Carlisle Support Services over alleged bullying and intimidating behaviour towards union members.

Following a successful industrial action ballot earlier this month, where workers voted overwhelmingly for strikes over pay and holiday allowance, the company has been accused of threatening

Union acts over safety

With rail safety at a crisis point the RMT union has called a day of action for Thursday this week.

Socialist Worker last year revealed potentially-fatal incidents that showed the effects of cuts.

The union highlights cuts including:

Funding cuts to renewals expenditure of £1.2 billion in England and Wales and £315 million in Scotland for the next five years.

Abolition of the Track Renewal Service organisation within Network Rail cutting 500 jobs and outsourcing operations to private infrastructure firms.

Cuts to track and signalling maintenance at a time of increased degradation of railway infrastructure and extreme weather events.

For details go to RailCuts0802

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