Train drivers to strike over restricted taxi use

Train drivers are to stage a series of strikes in an increasingly bitter row over the use of taxis for staff.

Members of drivers’ union Aslef working for South West Trains will walk out for 24 hours on July 31, August 11 and 21, it was announced today.

The union has been in dispute with the company for months after the use of taxis for drivers to get to and from work during early or late shifts was restricted.

Aslef general secretary Keith Norman said: “The company has no-one to blame but itself. Of course we will react if a company breaks agreements and causes concerns about safety.”

Separately, talks are being held today in a bid to avert a strike by thousands of Network Rail signallers on Friday in a dispute over pay.

Members of the RMT union are threatening a series of walk-outs which would cripple rail services across the country.

The union is pressing for a one-year pay deal and has rejected Network Rail’s attempts to negotiate a longer agreement.



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