Aslef members are planning a series of one-day strikes and overtime bans to pressure train operating companies and the government for a pay rise. The strikes affecting York-based train operators are scheduled for January 31, February 2, and February 5. Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan expressed frustration at the lack of contact from the Department for Transport and the failure to address the pay increase issue. The union is critical of the government and train operating companies, accusing them of avoiding negotiations. The strikes, set to start on January 30, could be the first test of new minimum service level regulations in the transport sector. The Rail Delivery Group has made an offer to drivers, but Aslef is pushing for a better deal. The Prime Minister’s office also expressed disappointment, urging Aslef to reconsider their decision to strike.
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