Gatwick Express train drivers stage walkout

Managers
at the Gatwick Express service from London to Gatwick Airport are being drafted
in to drive trains as drivers stage a 24-hour strike over pay.

Members
of the Aslef union walked out today after rejecting an offer by the company of
a 7.5 per cent rise over two years, taking salaries to £37,000.

Further
strikes are planned on the 24 and 31 December.

The
RMT union is expected to call off go-slow protests on London Underground (LU)
on Tuesday and Wednesday after saying progress had been made in a separate
dispute over safety.

The
union is demanding that responsibility for safety maintenance is given back to
LU following two derailments.

By Michael Millar

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