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FirstFT: UK faces first national train drivers’ strike in 25 years

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The head of the UK Rail Drivers’ Association has warned against “Massive” disruption this summer As members prepare to vote for their first national strike since 1995.

The vote in Aslef, which represents drivers, is consistent with a similar vote by staff at TSSA stations and ticket offices. These are following the RMT strike last month, which brought train travel in the country to a standstill.

With protesters blocking parts of the highway yesterday due to high fuel prices, the prospect of a further train departure due to wages and rising inflation threatens to exacerbate travel chaos in the UK.

Aslaf votes at the polls in 10 railway companies, with the first results to be published next week. Ms Willen, Asalf’s secretary general, told the Financial Times that it was “likely” that ports would be coordinated, and in fact lead to the first national drivers’ strike since 1995.

“It will be much more disturbing than it was before. We do not strike very often” – Mick Willen

Whelan said workers have been offered a 2 percent wage increase plus savings from productivity gains, but the union wants a near-increase in inflation, which is expected to reach 11 percent by October.

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