Aslef pay deal to set standard

A rail
company has brokered a pay agreement which is set to be a benchmark for the
sector.

Great North
Eastern Railway has negotiated a deal with drivers’ union Aslef to give 250
drivers a 20 per cent pay rise – equivalent to an annual salary of £33,000 –
from April.

As part of
the agreement, pensionable pay for full-service employees will be increased by
£6,455 to £27,500 and there will be an additional bonus of £5,500.

GNER HR
director Mike Goodie, one of the pivotal figures in the negotiations, said,
“This agreement reduces the possibility of industrial action in the future and
improves industrial relations.”

He added,
“This pay rise recognises the professional status of our drivers.”

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