Members of the Aslef rail drivers’ union at Midland Mainline have planned a series of strikes in their dispute over the application of a pay offer to drivers from 2001.
They struck on Thursday of last week, severely disrupting the company’s services between Northamptonshire and London, after a vote of 87 percent for action.
Andy Reed, Aslef’s national organiser, told Socialist Worker on the picket line in Derby, “Aslef is on strike because management have not made the correct levels of payment into our members’ pension funds.
“Drivers secured a substantial rise at that point in time and believed, as in previous and subsequent pay awards, that our pension would be adjusted to reflect that. That has not happened.
“We’re £3,140 pounds per driver short in the pension fund. That’s £60 per week. People who are leaving work on a decent wage are left vulnerable when they retire.
“The strike has gone very well. The turnout has been 100 percent across the country and we believe that will continue.
“We’ve got five more days of action planned. We believe that the resolve is there to ensure that we’ll be successful.
“The people who currently run this franchise will be leaving in a few weeks time.
“They’ll be walking away with big pay packets and bonuses.
“Yet the public is suffering because of their attitude towards workers and their lack of respect for us.”
The drivers are set to strike for the next five Thursdays.