Aslef announces fresh wave of walkouts in December – see full schedule

Train drivers will strike again next month “to ratchet up the pressure” in their long-running pay dispute, their union Aslef declared on Thursday.

According to the Aslef union, the latest walkouts will increase pressure on rail companies and the government to give train drivers their first boost in more than four years.

On December 2, union members will strike at EMR and LNER; on December 3, at Avanti West Coast, Chiltern, Great Northern Thameslink and WMT; on December 5, at C2C and Greater Anglia; on December 6, at Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, the SWR main line and depot and on the Island Line; on December 7, at CrossCountry and GWR; and on December 8.

All Aslef members will refuse to work any overtime from Friday December 1 to Saturday 9 December.

Aslef said it had previously called all its members out on strike on the same day but by spreading the action, the ramifications for the rail industry will be “greater”.

“We are determined to win this dispute and get a significant pay rise for train drivers who have not had an increase since 2019, while the cost of living, in that time, has soared,” Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said.

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