Northern Rail drivers vote to strike next week

TRAIN drivers working for Northern Rail have voted “overwhelmingly” for strike action in a row over pay.

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Members of Aslef voted by more than four to one in favour of industrial action in an 82% turnout.

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Strikes have been called for November and 21 and 27. Aslef said it expected support for the walkouts to be solid.

Adrian Thompson, human resources director at Northern Rail, said: “We are disappointed that Aslef Northern members have voted in favour of strike action despite receiving a very good pay offer of 2.7% in 2014 and 2.5% or RPI if it is higher in 2015.

“We are in continuing discussions with Aslef and have already planned to meet next week in the hope of resolving the situation.”