Train drivers announce yet another rail strike on July 30 in summer of travel misery

Train drivers at eight rail companies will strike on July 30 in a dispute over pay, their union Aslef announced on Thursday.The eight companies affected by the industrial action are: Arriva Rail London, Chiltern Railways, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.Announcing the strike, the union accused train companies of failing to make a pay offer to keep pace with the increase in the cost of living.Mick Whelan, Aslef general secretary, said: “We don’t want to go on strike – strikes are the result of a failure of negotiation – and this union, since I was elected GS in 2011, has only ever been on strike, until this year, for a handful of days.

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