Aslef wants talks with striking train drivers

Trade
union Aslef said it is willing to talk with train company First Great Western
to try to prevent a third 48-hour strike by drivers.

Drivers
at First North Western have begun a two-day strike in a dispute over pay after
negotiations broke down last week

Most
First North Western services were cancelled yesterday and today (Wednesday),
although a limited rail replacement bus service is operating.

Train
driver’s union Aslef say bosses at First North Western attached strings to a 19
per cent pay-rise offer, introducing "new and unacceptable" proposals
such as making drivers responsible for picking up litter at stations. First
North Western deny changing the terms of the three-year pay agreement and said
Aslef reneged on the deal.

The
first 48-hour walkout took place on 13 and 14 August, and the next planned
strike is for 10 and 11 September.

By
Paul Nelson

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