Train strikes: Aslef announce fresh strike action on November 26 affecting 12 rail operators

Train drivers at 12 operators are to strike on Saturday, November 26 in the long running dispute over pay, Aslef announced on Thursday.

Members will walk out after the union said it was still waiting for a pay offer from the employers, despite a series of talks.

The 12 companies facing the fresh strike are Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, London North Eastern Railway, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, Transpennine Express, and West Midlands Trains.

Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “We regret that passengers will be inconvenienced for another day. We don’t want to be taking this action. Withdrawing our labour is always a last resort for a trade union.

“We have come to the table, as we always will, in good faith but while the industry continues to make no offer – due to the dodgy deal they signed with the Department for Transport – we have no choice but to take strike action again.

“They want drivers to take a real terms pay cut. With inflation now well into double figures, train drivers who kept Britain moving through the pandemic are now being expected to work just as hard this year as last year but for less. Most of these drivers have not had an increase in salary since 2019.

“We want the companies – which are making huge profits – to make a proper pay offer so that our members can keep up with the cost of living.”

Aslef members have taken a series of strikes in recent months, while the RMT and TSSA unions are also still embroiled in industrial disputes.

The November 26 strike will mark the latest action in a miserable year for commuters.

Three 24-hour rail walkouts due to be held earlier this week by the RMT union were called off at the 11th hour, but many commuters still struggled to get to work on Monday as most train operators ran reduced timetables.

Meanwhile, a strike on the Underground network affected Londoners on Thursday, leaving the Tube with limited or no services.