THE PAY revolt on the railways is growing. Drivers on First North Western Trains are set to strike in their fight for decent pay. Aslef members on First North Western have voted to strike after rejecting a 3.5 percent offer. They plan three 48-hour strikes-on 28 and 29 July, 4 and 5 August, and 11 and 12 August.
The strikes will bring over 1,500 trains from Birmingham to the Lake District to a halt. These strikers are fighting to gain pay parity with the drivers on Arriva Trains, who won a victory over pay earlier in the year.
RMT members on First North Western are also set to join the strike action over pay. Their members are being balloted for action and the result was expected on Friday of this week. Strikers on Arriva Trains planned to picket the start of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester on Thursday of this week as they stage their latest strike. Arriva worker Mark Russell said, 'Arriva bosses claim the 4 percent they are offering is 'generous'.
'When workers from other companies start walking out over the same issue it shows such offers aren't this great thing the company claims and strengthens our case.'
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VOTING IS on in the RMT election for the number two job in the union. Pat Sikorski from the RMT's No 3 Camden branch is a candidate. He stands on a platform of continuing the union's fight against New Labour's partnership agenda. The ballot result is expected at the end of July.