Gatwick Express train drivers set for series of strikes over pay

Gatwick Express train drivers have announced a series of strikes after a pay dispute.

Members of the train drivers’ union Aslef will walk out on the 25 and 29 August, before and after the bank holiday weekend, and on the 11, 22 and 25 September.

The union said the drivers of the non-stop express service between London Victoria and Gatwick airport had received an unacceptable pay offer.

“Our representatives were presented with a final offer, which would see increases of just over 3%, with any productivity based on a new restrictive roster,” said Aslef national organiser Andy Reed.

The union, which represents 46 Gatwick Express drivers, said its members had been exploited by the company.

Gatwick Express said it was disappointed with the strike threat.

Managing director Peter Cotton said it had spent eight months trying to reach a deal with the union and would continue discussions to resolve the issue.

“We are working on a range of contingency plans that will maintain the safe and secure operation of Gatwick Express for our customers,” Cotton said.

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