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New set of train strikes announced for September and October

Train drivers have announced two more days of strike action this year falling in September and October.

Aslef, the train drivers’ union, will walk out on both Saturday September 30 and Wednesday October 4 causing widespread disruption for passengers all over the UK.

As part of the strike staff at 16 train companies will walk out as part of the long-running dispute over pay and working conditions, reports Mirror Online.

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The fresh strike dates are also set to cause chaos for the Tory conference which kicks off in Manchester on Sunday, October 1. The majority of attendees are expected to travel to it on Saturday September 30. The conference will go on until October 4, when people will rely on trains to then get home.

The RMT union is also expected to announced more strike dates soon. It is widely expected that it could also target the Conservative conference.

As well as strike action Aslef will also be undertaking an overtime ban across the UK rail network on Friday September 29 and from Monday 2 to Friday 6 of October.

The strike action is set to force the train operating companies to cancel all services and the ban on overtime will seriously disrupt the network as the privatised train companies have always failed to employ enough drivers to provide a proper service.

Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, said: “While we regret having to take this action – we don’t want to lose a day’s pay, or disrupt passengers, as they try to travel by train – the government, and the employers, have forced us into this position. Our members have not, now, had a pay rise for four years – since 2019 – and that’s not right when prices have soared in that time. Train drivers, perfectly reasonably, want to be able to buy now what they could buy four years ago.”

He added: “Do you remember Where’s Wally? Well, what we want to know is Where’s Harper? We last saw the Secretary of State for Transport in December. We last saw Huw Merriman, the Rail Minister, in January. And we last saw the train companies in April. Since then, nothing. Nada. Zilch. Not a letter, not an email, not a text message, not a phone call, not a WhatsApp. Not a word!”

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