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Train drivers’ union to recommend pay offers to members in Wales and Scotland

17 May 2023 2 minute read
Aslef picket line. Photo Victoria Jones PA Images

The train drivers’ union has revealed it has received “significant” pay offers for its members in Wales and Scotland, in “stark contrast” to the response from the Conservative government in Westminster.

Aslef said it was recommending acceptance of offers from ScotRail and Transport for Wales (TfW) to its members.

A four-year TfW offer is for 8.9%, backdated to April 1, taking drivers to £63,200, with another 7.9% in April 2024, taking drivers to £68,300, Aslef said.

A further 4.1% in December 2024 will take drivers’ pay to £71,000, while pay will increase in April 2025 by RPI inflation, the union said.

The one-year ScotRail offer is for 5%, taking drivers from £55,264 to £58,027.

Stark contrast

Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary, said: “Subject to the decision of our members – and because, as a trade union, we are a very democratic organisation, it is their decision – we have successfully negotiated significant pay increases for our members with the governments of the devolved nations.

“Sadly, this is in stark contrast with the response from the Westminster government. The 15 train companies with which we are in dispute – because they have not offered their drivers, our members, an increase in salary since 2019 – and the Tory government that stands behind them do not appear to be interested in getting a resolution that serves passengers and businesses as well as staff and will help to get Britain’s railways back on track.

“On TfW we have negotiated a deal which modernises the railway in Wales. The deal offers a significant increase in salary for changes to conditions.

“The latest deal with ScotRail is a further increase in salary and improvement in conditions – and the fourth increase since our members at those 15 train operating companies (TOC) represented by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and controlled by the Department for Transport (DfT) have had a rise.

“This is further proof that Aslef is willing to negotiate in good faith and modernise our railway and further proof that the failure of negotiations with the TOCs in England is the responsibility of Transport Secretary Mark Harper, the DfT, and the RDG. That has been laid bare for all to see.”

Aslef has staged a series of strikes in England and its members will walk out again later this month and on the day of the FA Cup Final in June.

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