First Capital Connect strike averted as pay offer is accepted

The threat of strike action by hundreds of train drivers working for First Capital Connect (FCC) has ended after union leaders recommended that members accept an improved pay offer from the company.

About 550 members of Aslef at FCC had been voting on whether to launch official industrial action in the row over pay.

But the union is recommending that workers accept a revised pay offer, which equates to a 5% rise over two years.

The improved offer will also mark the end of five weeks of unofficial action, which has seen FCC services operating at up to half strength after drivers refused to work overtime.

Aslef general secretary Keith Norman said: “I’m pleased the company has come forward with an improved offer and hope they will address the causes of the current disagreement by recruiting more train drivers.”

FCC operates trains between London, Brighton, Bedford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn.

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