Millions across the country could face serious consequences travel disruption on Saturday over a 24-hour strike orchestrated by train drivers.
That insult union that represents Trains Drivers in seven operators, staged a walk about wage demands affecting the London S-Bahn, LNER trains, southeastGreat Western, Greater Anglia, Hull Trains and all Heathrow Express trains.
Passengers have also been warned that Southern and Thameslink services will see increased use and could be disrupted. Passengers wishing to travel from London to the South West, South East and Midlands have all been advised to expect travel disruptions.
Transport for London Chief Operating Officer Andy Lord said: “Planned strike at National rail Network on Saturday will cause disruption for our customers.
“With no service expected on the entire London Overground network, I advise all customers to inquire before traveling and use alternative routes to complete their journeys.”
Former Labor shadow cabinet member rejoins picket line
Former Transport Secretary Sam Tarry has joined members of the Aslef union at Paddington station.
Mr Tarry was sacked after joining union members midweek and was joined by London Assembly Transport Director Elly Baker at the normally busy station today.
Mick Whelan at the picket line
Unions are “taking the taxpayer for a ride,” says Grant Shapps
The Transport Secretary wrote in The Times: “The ‘Two Micks’, Lynch from the RMT and Whelan from Aslef, are making fun of the taxpayer but not in the way intended.
“RMT delays reform and Aslef hesitates to negotiate while both call more strikes. Enough.”
Head of Aslef explains the strike action
Mick Whelan, general secretary of the union, has explained why members are striking today.
He says: “We don’t want to cause any inconvenience to passengers, our friends and families also use public transport and we don’t want to lose money on strikes, but we’ve been pushed into this position by the companies who say they’re Tory -government pushed to do so.
“Many of our members, who were men and women moving key workers and goods across the country during the pandemic, have not received a pay rise since 2019.
“With inflation above 10%, that means these drivers have seen a real pay cut in the last three years.
“We want an increase in the cost of living, we want to be able to buy in 2022 what we could buy in 2021.
“It’s not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you don’t get worse three years in a row.”