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Rail workers work, rest then strike at First

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2178

Train drivers working for the First Capital Connect company have caused immense disruption by exercising their right not to work on their rest days. The service relies on drivers working overtime, but when they choose not to it has a massive impact.

The drivers are angry that the company has offered them no pay rise this year.

The unofficial action has led to almost half of services being cancelled on the Thameslink services between Brighton and Bedford, and severely hit the Great Northern route from Peterborough and King’s Lynn to London.

The company is also only offering the drivers a 3 percent pay rise for next year.

The Aslef drivers’ union is currently balloting its 550 members at First Capital Connect for action with the result to be announced on 9 December.

The union has been campaigning for two years for the company to employ the right amount of drivers to run the service.

Similar unofficial action by drivers affected the London Midland company over pay earlier this year.

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Tue 17 Nov 2009, 17:15 GMT
Issue No. 2178
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