Around 900 members of the Aslef train drivers’ union were set to strike on Friday of this week, severely disrupting services on South West Trains (SWT) for a second time.
Another strike is set for Monday of next week. Formal talks between the union and the company were set for Tuesday of this week as Socialist Worker went to press.
The dispute began after drivers at Waterloo station struck at the end of May over their rights to a free taxi at the end of their late or early shifts.
The company used managers to run trains during this strike, angering union members. Other SWT workers voted to join the dispute.
The first strike across the company on Monday of last week was extremely solid. Management again drove trains and the company boasted that it had run 25 percent of the service.
This is a crucial and bitter fight.
Everybody should back the South West Trains workers’ fight against management arrogance.
Graham Morris, the Aslef full time official, told Socialist Worker before Tuesday’s meeting, “Last week’s strike was solid.
“The question is what sort of response we will get from the company. My reading is that it is being bullish and won’t make any concessions.
“If that is the case then the strike will go ahead on Friday of this week.”
SWT strike cancelled, update Thursday 7 Sept 10.30am
Aslef union statement
Following the meetings which have taken place this week, the discussions between ASLEF and South West Trains has resulted in our differences being resolved.
A mutual agreement has been reached on the issues that caused the industrial breakdown, therefore the strike action which was due to take place on 8 and 11 September has been cancelled.