A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group said:
“This wholly unnecessary strike action called by the ASLEF leadership will sadly disrupt customers and businesses ahead of the vital festive period, while further damaging the railway at a time when it is losing £3000 a day post-Covid.”
“The fair and affordable offer made by industry, which would take average driver base salaries for a 4-day week from £60,000 to nearly £65,000, remains on the table. We urge the ASLEF leadership to put it to its members, give Christmas back to our passengers, and end this damaging industrial dispute.”
ASLEF's programme of walkouts will impact differing rail operators each day between the 2nd and 8th of December, alongside an overtime ban from the 1st to the 9th of December.
During the period of strike action, rail operators are expected to see services cancelled on the following dates:
Saturday the 2nd of December:
Sunday the 3rd of December:
Tuesday the 5th of December:
Wednesday the 6th of December:
Thursday the 7th of December:
Friday the 8th of December:
Prior to Christmas, the Government is set to introduce minimum strike levels during service, which will mean that rail operators will be required to run at 40% of their usual timetable whilst strike action is taking place. The minimum strike levels will see ‘issue to work' notices given to unions specifying which staff will be required for work.