First North Western strikes reimposed

First
North Western train drivers are to stage three 48-hour strikes over pay.

Rail
union Aslef said the strikes will be held on August 13-14, August 27-28, and
September 10-11.

Planned
strikes were called off after agreement was reached between unions and
management two weeks ago, but Aslef now claims management has reneged on the
original agreement, so has reimposed stoppages.

Aslef
claims First North Western, which runs trains throughout North West England,
had "tried to sabotage an agreement on pay by attempting to impose new
productivity measures on its workforce".

The
union is also angry at new initiatives that have been added, including making
drivers responsible for picking up litter at train stations.

By Quentin Reade

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