In a salary dispute, train drivers plan to walk off the job.



As part of a protracted pay dispute, train drivers from 11 companies are scheduled to walk out on Saturday, causing additional disruption for rail customers.


The Aslef union strike will have an impact on people going to big sporting events and Christmas markets.


Checking before a trip is advised for passengers.


While union members examine a fresh compensation offer, strike action at London Overground, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday, has been put on hold.


Aslef, which represents drivers, wants wages to keep pace with the rising cost of living. It said talks with rail firms broke down after no pay offer was made.


We regret that passengers will be inconvenienced for another day. We don’t want to be taking this action,” said Aslef’s general secretary Mick Whelan.


The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies, said it was “incredibly frustrated” that Aslef’s leadership had decided to take further strike action.


“We regret Aslef’s decision, which will cause real disruption to passengers and hit its members’ pay packets,” a spokesman said.


A Department for Transport spokesperson said that the strike action was “disappointing and “unproductive, particularly due to its timing during the World Cup football tournament and a busy retail period.


“This dispute has gone on far too long and is not only causing disarray in people’s lives, but is harming the economy too. We urge union leaders to reconsider this action and instead work with employers, not against them, to agree a new way forward. The future of our railway depends on it,” the spokesperson added.

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