Train strikes announced for May bank holiday week

The train drivers’ union, ASLEF, has announced a new series of strikes and an overtime ban for the bank holiday week in early May.

It’s part of a long-running pay dispute with 16 train companies.

Following the bank holiday on 6 May, workers will take part in rolling one-day walkouts between 7 and 9 May, affecting different train operators on different days.

There will also be a ban on working overtime between 6 and 11 May.

The planned strike dates are:

Tuesday 7 May: c2c, Greater Anglia, Great Northern, Thameslink, Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express and South Western Railway

Wednesday 8 May: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway and West Midlands Trains

Thursday 9 May: LNER, Northern and TransPennine Express

The last pay negotiations were held a year ago and culminated in an offer which was immediately rejected.

“Our pay deals at these companies ran out in 2019,” said ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan.

“Train drivers at these train operating companies have not had an increase in salary for five years. That is completely wrong.”

A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group, which negotiates on behalf of the rail companies, said: “This wholly unnecessary strike action called by the ASLEF leadership will sadly disrupt customers and businesses once again, while further damaging the railway at a time when taxpayers are continuing to contribute an extra £54m a week just to keep services running.

“We continue to seek a fair agreement with the ASLEF leadership which both rewards our people, gives our customers more reliable services and makes sure the railway isn’t taking more than its fair share from taxpayers.”