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« on: July 11, 2022, 04:49:43 pm »

Just announced

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-62121258
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2022, 05:06:12 pm »

GWR (Great Western Railway)’s drivers voting less emphatically than the other TOC (Train Operating Company)’s but still a very strong mandate.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2022, 05:11:56 pm »

ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) Press Release

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ASLEF BALLOT RESULTS: TRAIN DRIVERS TO STRIKE

ASLEF members at eight train companies have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over
pay.
‘Strikes are always the last resort,’ said Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union.
‘We don’t want to inconvenience passengers – our friends and families use public transport, too – and we
don’t want to lose money by going on strike but we’ve been forced into this position by the companies
driven by the government.

‘Many of our members – who were, you will remember, the men and women who moved key workers
and goods around the country during the pandemic – have not had a pay rise since 2019.
‘With inflation running at north of 10% that means those drivers have had a real terms pay cut over the
last three years. We want an increase in line with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy, in 2022,
what we could buy in 2021.

‘It’s not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you’re not worse off for three years in a row. Especially as the train companies are doing very nicely, thank you, out of Britain’s railways – with handsome
profits, dividends for shareholders, and big salaries for managers – and train drivers don’t want to work
longer for less.’

Being a train driver is a professional, technical, and safety-critical job. It takes a year to train a driver who
can be responsible for the lives of up to 1,300 people on any journey.
Mick said: ‘We don’t think we’re special; we believe no worker in this country should put up with pay cuts
year after year just because this government has allowed inflation to rise. Whatever happened to the Tory
wish for good, well-paid, jobs? Obviously that’s only for the CEOs (Chief Executive Officer), not for the workers doing the job.

‘And, don’t forget, if a train driver doesn’t get a cost of living increase, it won’t mean that a nurse, or care
worker, or cleaner will get one. This isn’t – or shouldn’t be – about setting one worker against another.
‘Wage rises aren’t exacerbating inflation, anyway. Excess profiteering is. The government isn’t asking
companies to cut profits or dividend payments to help manage inflation. Wages are chasing prices, not
putting them up.’

It’s not too late for the companies – or the government – to resolve this situation.
Mick said: ‘We’re happy to talk to anyone to do a deal and make sure Britain’s railways aren’t disrupted.
The government is restricting what the operators can offer, but then refusing to get involved in negotiation. They seem to have no interest in finding a resolution.’

Train drivers were asked two questions: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike? Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of a strike? These are the votes for strike action:

Arriva Rail London:
Yes: 637 [98.9%]
No: 7 [1.1%]
Turnout: 92.5%

Chiltern Railways:
Yes: 217 [92.3%]
No: 18 [7.7%]
Turnout: 86.4%

Great Western:
Yes: 1,049 [86.1%]
No: 170 [13.9%]
Turnout: 86.3%

LNER» (London North Eastern Railway - about):
Yes: 323 [88.5%]
No: 42 [11.5%]
Turnout: 89.0%

Northern Trains:
Yes: 1,562 [95.2%]
No: 78 [4.8%]
Turnout: 88.5%

Southeastern:
Yes: 741 [91.6%]
No: 68 [8.4%]
Turnout: 86.2 %

TransPennine Express:
Yes: 426 [94.2%]
No: 26 [5.8%]
Turnout: 84.8%

West Midlands Trains:
Yes: 636 [89.6%]
No: 74 [10.4%]
Turnout: 83.5%

NOTE to editors:
The claim that the money for a pay rise doesn’t exist is not borne out by the facts.
Before the pandemic, operators were paying out dividends of £262 million. Even in the year of covid they
paid out £38 million. Now passenger numbers are almost back to pre-pandemic levels, bumper payouts
are back on the companies’ agendas, too.

Between March 2020 and March 2021 train operators were paid management fees of more than £132
million.

The rolling stock companies – which buy the locomotives and carriages to lease to the operators – pocketed £3 billion in 2020/21 – a 5% increase on 2019/20. This figure has doubled since 2015/16. Eversholt, in 2020, paid a £46.5 million dividend. Porterbrook paid out £80 million.

In the list of highest earning public sector officials (senior civil servants and senior officials in departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies), 9 out of the top 10 are from the transport industry and 8 of the 10 are in rail. Top of the list is Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 (The next High Speed line(s)) Ltd, who earns £620,000. Next is Andrew Haines, CEO of Network Rail, on £585,000.

Pay deals this year:
We have successfully concluded pay deals this year with DB» (Deutsche Bahn - German State Railway - about) Cargo; Eurostar; Freightliner Heavy Haul;
Freightliner Intermodal; GB (Great Britain) Railfreight; Merseyrail; MTR Elizabeth line; and PRE Metro Operations.
We also have multi-year deals already in place with other companies.

But we have balloted for industrial action over pay at those companies which have proved reluctant, so
far, to offer drivers a fair pay rise. Ballots closed today [Monday 11 July] at Arriva Rail London; Chiltern
Railways; Great Western; LNER; Northern Trains; Southeastern; TransPennine Express; and West Midlands
Trains.

And ballots close on Wednesday 27 July at Avanti West Coast; CrossCountry; and Direct Rail Services
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2022, 05:16:46 pm »

Apparently, Unions are planning to avoid all striking on the same day(s) to avoid any legal challenges over co-ordinated action which could be illegal under certain circumstances.

So expect 'co-ordination' strikes around consecutive days....Any strikes over the Commonwealth Games need announcing quite quickly....I suspect they might wait until the Wednesday results and announce dates from 27th-ish. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2022, 05:50:18 pm »

And take advantage while the party that is in Government being busy dealing with its own internal problems
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2022, 07:22:55 pm »

Rather than start a third thread on rail strikes - which will all morph into one when dates are announced, the TSSA» (Transport Salaried Staffs' Association - about) have also voted to strike in certain grades & all balloted have voted 'action short of strike'. One grade set just missed out on getting enough votes for strike action.

From TSSA website

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TSSA Ballot Results at Network Rail

Thousands of TSSA rail union members at Network Rail have voted for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay, conditions and job security.

More than 6,000 rail workers in a wide range of operational roles – including engineering, maintenance, supervisory, support, and – crucially – control roles have voted in favour of both strike action and action short of strike.

Managerial staff in the top bands of the company also voted in favour of both strike action and action short of strike. However, the strike action vote missed out on the required legal threshold by less than 2%, so while managers in bands 1-4 can take action short of strike, they cannot take strike action from this result.

TSSA is not naming dates for any industrial action today, but will now consider next steps with workplace Reps at Network Rail.

The ballot comes as part of an escalating dispute across the wider rail industry, and the growing likelihood of widespread disruption. TSSA’s members at Network Rail work in operational, control, management and safety critical roles on rail services across Britain.

 

The result of the ballot, which was run in three parts, is as follows:

Bands 5-8 and controllers (more than 2,500 people)

Prepared to take industrial action consisting of a strike:

· Yes: 77.4%

· No: 22.6%

· Turnout was: 61.4%

Prepared to take industrial action short of a strike:

· Yes: 90.8%

· No: 9.2%

· Turnout was: 61.4%

 

Maintenance Engineers

Prepared to take industrial action consisting of a strike:

· Yes: 69.2%

· No: 30.8%

· Turnout was: 64.7%

 

Prepared to take industrial action short of a strike:

· Yes: 88.8 per cent

· No: 11.2 per cent

· Turnout was: 64.7 per cent

 

Bands 1-4 (management grades, more than 3,500 people)

Prepared to take industrial action consisting of a strike:

· Yes: 68.2%

· No: 31.8%

· Turnout was: 56.9%

Prepared to take industrial action short of a strike:

· Yes: 86.8%

· No: 13.2%

· Turnout was: 56.9%

(Under anti-trade union laws this means Bands 1-4 are able to take only action short of a strike)

TSSA is demanding a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for 2022, no unagreed changes to terms and conditions, and a pay increase which reflects the rising cost of living. Network Rail staff last had a pay rise between two and three years ago (it varies between grades) and also worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic as key workers.

 

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Well done to all our members across Network Rail who took part in these ballots. This is a great set of results for our union and echoes our ballots for industrial action at many train operating companies.

"Many of our Network Rail members have voted for industrial action for the first time ever in their careers. The strength of feeling among management grade staff as well as operational ones is clearly significant.

“I have already warned that we are likely to see a summer of discontent across our railways and these results greatly increase the prospect of major disruption as management grade staff in Network Rail have now given our union a mandate to call on them not to cover the roles of their colleagues taking part in strike action through their overwhelming vote in favour of action short of strike.

“Frankly, when the fat cat team at Network Rail and their puppet masters at the Department for Transport lose the support of their management grade staff they must know that the game is up. Our members are simply asking for basic fair treatment: not to be sacked from their jobs, a fair pay rise in the face of a cost-of-living-crisis and no race to the bottom on terms and conditions.

“Our members have had enough. It would be unwise to ignore the feelings of our membership. We will speak to our workplace Reps to consider next steps in the forthcoming days and I strongly urge Network Rail top brass to change their approach to this dispute.

“While Grant Shapps is busy occupied with his pipe dream of becoming Prime Minister, the country would be better served if he did his current day job and resolved the mounting rail dispute. We need a fair settlement for workers who were hailed as heroes in the pandemic."

 

*TSSA members in Network Rail

TSSA represents more than 6,000 Network Rail workers in a wide variety of engineering, maintenance, supervisory, control and management roles. They manage short-notice access to rail infrastructure and keep passenger and freight services moving when timetables slip.

Stations: TSSA members hold safety-critical roles at Network Rail-managed major rail stations, including: Birmingham New Street, Bristol Temple Meads, Edinburgh Waverly, Glasgow Central, Leeds, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, and London stations: London Bridge, Charing Cross, Euston, Kings

Cross, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo. Industrial action would be likely to have a severe impact on rail services at those stations.

TSSA members work out of Network Rail’s headquarters for key regions and routes, which include: Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Crewe, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Blackfriars, London Stratford, London Waterloo, Milton Keynes, Manchester, and York.

The ballot was run by election specialists, Civica. All eligible TSSA members will receive a ballot paper by post.

*TSSA is currently also balloting members over strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over jobs, pay and conditions at Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia ,TransPennine Express (results due Wednesday 13 July).

Members have voted for strike action at Southeastern, LNER» (London North Eastern Railway - about), c2c, East Midlands Railway, CrossCountry, in station grates at Avanti West Coast and for action short of a strike at West Midlands Trains and Northern.
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2022, 05:18:21 pm »

ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) website

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ASLEF: TRAIN DRIVERS TO STRIKE AT NINE COMPANIES IN AUGUST

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has announced a one day strike at nine train companies on Saturday 13 August after the firms failed to make a pay offer to help members keep pace with the increase in the cost of living.

Drivers are already set to strike this Saturday [30 July] at seven companies and today ASLEF members at two more train companies voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over pay.

‘Strikes are always the last resort,’ said Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union. ‘We don’t want to inconvenience passengers – our friends and families use public transport, too – and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike but we’ve been forced into this position by the companies, who say they have been driven to this by the Tory government.

‘Many of our members – who were the men and women who moved key workers and goods around the country during the pandemic – have not had a pay rise since 2019.

‘With inflation running at north of 10% that means those drivers have had a real terms pay cut over the last three years. We want an increase in line with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy, in 2022, what we could buy in 2021.

‘It’s not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you’re not worse off for three years in a row. Especially as the train companies are doing very nicely, thank you, out of Britain’s railways – with handsome profits, dividends for shareholders, and big salaries for managers – and train drivers don’t want to work longer for less.’

Mick added: ‘Let’s nail a Tory lie. Wage rises aren’t fuelling inflation. Excess profiteering is. But the government isn’t asking companies to cut profits or dividend payments to help manage inflation. Wages are chasing prices, not putting them up.

‘We don’t see why we should forego an increase in salary to keep pace with inflation and help the privatised train companies make even bigger profits to send abroad.’

Train drivers were asked two questions: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike? Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of a strike? These are the votes for strike action:

Avanti West Coast:

Yes: 477 [92.6%]
No: 38 [7.4%]
Turnout: 90.5%

Cross Country:

Yes: 497 [93.2%]
No: 36 [6.8%]
Turnout: 90.5%

ASLEF’s executive committee, sitting this afternoon, immediately decided to call a strike at these two companies – as well as the other seven for which we already have a mandate – on 13 August.

Further ballots close at Chiltern Railways; Northern Trains; and TransPennine Express on Thursday 25 August; and at East Midlands Railway on Monday 19 September.

They ballsed up the Chiltern ballot & are having to rerun it - some got a ballot paper that shouldn't have done....
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2022, 03:07:33 pm »

BEWARE - many drivers are refusing to work overtime this Sunday 31st & as a result some route(s) may have NO SERVICE on Sunday as well as Saturday 30th.

The North Cotswolds for example.....
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2022, 08:07:46 pm »

This may be a forum primarily concerned with GWR (Great Western Railway) services but I thought it might be helpful to mention that not all rail operators are affected by strike action. SWR» (South Western Railway - about) are expecting to run a normal service.

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The operators affected by the ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) industrial action on 30 July are Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Heathrow Express, Hull Trains, LNER» (London North Eastern Railway - about), London Northwestern Railway, London Overground, Southeastern, Stansted Express and West Midlands Railway. The rail industry has introduced a temporary timetable for Saturday and there may be some amendments to the service on Sunday morning.

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Our drivers will not be involved in the ASLEF strike tomorrow Saturday 30 July.

However, some other train company drivers will be, meaning some connections on our network will be severely affected, or may not run at all.

Please check before you travel http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
9:44 AM · Jul 29, 2022

But CrossCountry are more worried...

https://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/disruption
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We are expecting severe disruption on Saturday 30 July, you are advised to only travel if your journey is essential. If you do need to travel, please allow extra time for your journey and check before you travel.
Industrial action has been announced by the Aslef union on Saturday 30 July affecting other operators, if you have a connecting ticket on to London Overground, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern, West Midlands Railway or London Northwestern Railway, you are advised to check their website for full details on how to complete your journey.
No CrossCountry services will be calling at University station on 30 July.
If you have an Advance, Off Peak or Anytime ticket booked for Wednesday 27 July or Saturday 30 July you can use this on Tuesday 26 July or any date up to and including Tuesday 2 August, on any reasonable route without having to amend your ticket.
You can also amend your ticket to an alternative travel date after Tuesday 2 August.  If you booked through CrossCountry you can amend your ticket free of charge in the 'My Account' section of our website.  All other customers are advised to contact their ticket retailer.
Further dates for industrial action have been announced for Saturday 13 August, Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August, please continue to check our website for updates.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2022, 08:24:17 pm »

Chiltern, Northern & TPE (Trans Pennine Express) drivers vote to strike too.

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ASLEF members at another three train companies have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay

ASLEF members at another three train companies have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay.

‘Strikes are always the last resort,’ said Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union. ‘But you can see from the votes – and the turnouts – just how angry our members are. These are the people who moved key workers and goods around the country during the pandemic – yet have not had a pay rise since 2019.

‘With inflation running at north of 10% – and set to go much higher – several train companies are saying that they want their drivers to take a real terms pay cut. Their attitude is “suck it up” – and that stinks.

‘We now have mandates at twelve companies. After our one-day strike on Saturday 13 August the Rail Delivery Group, the pressure group which represents the interests of the privatised train operating companies, asked for talks. Those talks were strained, but quite constructive. There were no concrete proposals but dialogue will, we hope, continue.

‘That’s why we are calling on the companies to come to the table with a proper proposal to help our members, their drivers, buy this year what they could buy last year. That is the way to prevent another strike and all the disruption that causes. The ball is now firmly in the train companies’ court.’

 These are the votes for strike action:

 Chiltern Railways:
Yes: 199 [92.1%]
No: 17 [7.9%]
Turnout: 80.6%

 Northern Trains:
Yes: 1,552 [96.6%]
No: 54 [3.4%]
Turnout: 86.5%

 TransPennine Express:
Yes: 431 [97.1%]
No: 13 [2.9%]
Turnout: 82.1%

 NOTE to editors:
We already have a mandate from members at nine companies – Avanti West Coast; CrossCountry; Greater Anglia; Great Western Railway; Hull Trains; LNER» (London North Eastern Railway - about); London Overground; Southeastern; and West Midlands Trains – who went on strike on Saturday 13 August.

We have successfully concluded pay deals this year with nine companies – DB» (Deutsche Bahn - German State Railway - about) Cargo; Eurostar; Freightliner Heavy Haul; Freightliner Intermodal; GB (Great Britain) Railfreight; Merseyrail; MTR Elizabeth line; PRE Metro Operations; and ScotRail – and are in productive negotiations at the moment with Direct Rail Services and Transport for Wales. We also have multi-year deals in place with many other companies.

We have balloted for industrial action at those companies which, so far, have not been prepared to offer drivers an increase to keep pace with the rise in the cost of living.
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