Rail strikes go underground

Strike
action is expected to go ahead on the London Underground when ballots from the
RMT transport union and Aslef train drivers union are announced this week.

The
unions are threatening a 48-hour stoppage after talks between unions and LU
management failed to resolve a dispute over pay.

In
separate strike action, moderate rail union TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs
Association) said workers will strike for two days next month. The walkout,
against Arriva Trains Northern, is planned for 1 and 2 March.

The
TSSA which represents around 170 station and ticket office staff, is in dispute
over members’ 3 per cent pay rise compared to drivers’ 18 per cent increase.

The
union said this highlighted the problem across the entire rail industry of
disparity in pay between driving and non-driving staff.

By Quentin Reade

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