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East Midlands Trains today (19 July) called on ASLEF to stop “playing games” and end its block on members voting on a deal to end a dispute over pensions.
The call came as the union announced further strikes to take place on 6 to 8 August – only days before planned talks aimed at resolving the issue.
David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, said: “This is yet another example of ASLEF playing games and is a real kick in the teeth for our customers and the country.
“The fact is that there was only one point of clarification still under discussion with the union on the pension proposal we put forward back in June. We were in talks with ASLEF to deal with this issue when we heard the news that further strike action dates had been announced.
“We’re particularly surprised that ASLEF has announced further strike dates, rather than putting the offer that was accepted in principle back in June to their members for consideration.
“We’re certain that the public will be shocked and angry to hear that the union has announced strike action during a time of great national pride for our country. We hope ASLEF can see sense and call off this unnecessary strike action.
“However, if the planned strike action by ASLEF does go ahead, we will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that people can still travel by train and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.”
The offer made to ASLEF in June has already been accepted by three other trade unions recognised by the company. These proposals will mean their members will be able to benefit from higher take-home pay and additional pensions benefits.
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