Train strikes to resume in October

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Continued dispute: October train strikes planned (Getty/ Emma Kim)
Continued dispute: October train strikes planned (Getty/ Emma Kim)

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Train drivers are set to stage strikes in early October in a long-running fight for higher wages and improved working conditions.

Drivers from 12 train companies are expected to strike on 1 and 5 of October. This comes after industrial action planned for 15 September was postponed due to the Queen’s death.

Aslef, the train drivers’ union, did not comment on the proposed industrial action out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II funeral, the BBC​ reported.

However, LNER managing director David Horne said Aslef had notified it of strike action on Saturday 1 October and Wednesday 5 October.

Suspending sales

He said LNER had already suspended ticket sales for these dates and would confirm as soon as possible which services would be running.

Train strikes​ during the summer months “hugely affected” the hospitality sector. Industrial action in June saw a 50% decline in sales at some pubs in London and Manchester.

The industry is already bearing the brunt of economic challenges including soaring energy costs, the cost-of-living crisis, and rising inflation rates.

Previous criticism

Trade bodies have criticised previous strike action. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Emma McClarkin said​: “As an industry we really are trying hard to bounce back after the pandemic, but we are faced time and time again with new hurdles from rising costs to labour shortages and now severe transport disruption​​.

“It is imperative to the health of our industry further strikes​​ are avoided so customers and staff alike are able to travel with confidence and keep our pubs thriving.”

What’s more, rail strikes in summer led to hospitality staff missing shifts.​ The Anglesea Arms, South Kensington, central London licensee Elizabeth Rudasa said: “For the staff it’s very difficult with these strikes, getting to work, especially the ones who live far away.

“[We’ve had] to change the schedule to make sure whoever works closer comes in.”

Furthermore, the Night-Time Industries Association chief executive Michael Kill previously said limited rail services could leave many at night, compromising safety with very few transport options available

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