London Overground strikes are suspended as ‘five per cent’ pay increase is offered – but passengers STILL face chaos as workers at 11 rail companies plan to walk out
- Scheduled strike by train drivers on London Overground has been suspended
- Members of Aslef were due to walk out on November 26 before a fresh pay offer
- MailOnline understands members are hoping for a raise in line with inflation
- Instead, they’ve been offered five per cent, which will be put to a member vote
- Commuters are warned travel will still be chaos with other train lines impacted
A scheduled strike by train drivers on the London Overground has been suspended as union members meet to discuss a fresh pay increase offer – believed to be around five per cent.
Members of Aslef were due to walk out on November 26, but they will now put the new offer to a vote to determine whether they’ll accept.
Union employees from 11 rail companies will still walk out as planned, meaning fresh misery for commuters who have already endured months of chaos.
MailOnline understands union members are hopeful of a pay increase near the 10 per cent figure, in line with inflation.
The companies who will still face staff walkouts on November 26 include Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, London North Eastern Railway, Northern Trains, Southeastern, Transpennine Express and West Midlands Trains.
Ministers are under deepening pressure to solve the rail strikes crisis as analysis showed walkouts have blown a £600million hole in the economy since the summer.
Members of Aslef were due to walk out on November 26, but they will now put the new offer to a vote to determine whether they’ll accept (file image, London Waterloo)
Union employees from 11 rail companies will still walk out as planned, meaning fresh misery for commuters who have already endured months of chaos. Pictured: Aslef Secretary-General Mick Whelan (L) attends a picket at Euston Station, Britain, 05 October 2022
WHICH TRAIN COMPANIES ARE STILL STRIKING ON NOVEMBER 26?
Avanti West Coast
East Midlands Railway
Great Western Railway
London North Eastern Railway
West Midlands Trains
Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: ‘This offer from London Overground means we have now successfully negotiated or been offered a pay deal by every operating company except those under contract with the Department for Transport.
‘It’s clearer than ever that the DfT is preventing contracted companies from taking part in free negotiation and preventing them from making a fair pay offer to our members.’
He’s calling on the Transport Secretary to ‘see sense, stop these ideological restrictions, and allow our employers to negotiate with us properly’.
‘The process of industrial negotiation, and any offers, is not ”one size fits all” and, until they signed these dodgy deals with the DfT, we have had very productive industrial relationships with the train operating companies which mean we can reach agreements by negotiation.
‘Members at London Overground will now have the opportunity to consider and vote on whether to accept the offer.’
Aslef has successfully struck up pay deals for members with a total of 14 companies, including Direct Rail Services, Eurostar, Merseyrail, Nexus, ScotRail and Transport for Wales.
But in other industries of late, offers of a five per cent increase have been overwhelmingly rejected by union staff, which does not bode well for the upcoming meeting.
Earlier this week, the Fire Brigades Union revealed firefighters had turned down a five per cent pay deal. 79 per cent of members were against the offer.
Members of Aslef were due to walk out on November 26, but they will now put the new offer to a vote to determine whether they’ll accept (pictured ASLEF General Secretary, Mick Whelan)
A ballot on strike action will open on Monday, December 5, to Monday January 23.
Teachers are also planning to walk out on the job on November 24 in Scotland after they were offered a five per cent increase – which evens out to be a real terms pay cut due to inflation.
Who is going on strike and when?
Civil servants: Around 100,000 civil servants have voted for a national strike over pay, pensions and jobs, the PCS union has announced. The dates are TBC.
Nurses: Strikes are expected to begin in early December and could take place over two dates, potentially a Tuesday and a Thursday. They could last until early May 2023.
Bus drivers: The workers will strike on November 22, 25, and 26 and on December 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.
Rail workers: Drivers working for 11 British train operators will go on strike on November 26 in an ongoing dispute over pay.
Postal workers: Take national strike action on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November and for Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December 2022.
The action will impact primary and secondary schools, and parents have already been informed that many campuses will be closed. Another strike is likely in early December.
Nurses, civil servants, train drivers and postal workers have all balloted for action or strike in recent weeks.
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary, said: ‘FBU members have spoken. This result of the consultative ballot, on a two week turnaround, shows that there is remarkable strength of feeling amongst firefighters and control staff on this derisory pay offer.
‘We have firefighters using foodbanks. Our members worked through the pandemic to help protect their communities, taking on extra duties to do so. A further real-terms pay cuts is an absolutely disgusting way to thank them. Whilst strike action is always a last resort, our members simply can’t go on like this.’
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) encouraged its 300,000 members to back strikes over the Government’s ‘insulting’ pay offer — which amounts to roughly 4 per cent, or £1,400.
Around 100 hospitals in England will be affected by the industrial action.
Hundreds of thousands of nurses are set to walk out across the UK before Christmas in a bid for a 17.6 per cent pay rise and better working conditions.
Around 100,000 civil servants also voted to strike this month in a dispute over pay, pensions and jobs.
Workers are facing real terms pay cuts as inflation hovers around 10 per cent.
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