Members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers form a picket line while on strike, outside Euston railway station in London, Britain, August 20, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

British rail staff at two train unions are planning a new round of nationwide strike action on Sept. 15 and 26 over pay, job security and conditions, the latest in a wave of industrial unrest as inflation outpaces pay rises.

Iran PressEurope: The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) said it was pushing for a revised pay deal for staff at train operating companies after rejecting a 2% offer, Reuters reported.

The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers (ASLEF), who have previously walked out on July 30 and Aug. 13, said they wanted a "proper pay offer" to help their members keep up with the increase in the cost of living.

The unions said they were still in talks about a possible settlement.

"They want train drivers to take a real terms pay cut – to work just as hard this year as last, but for 10% less," ASLEF’s general secretary Mick Whelan said. "Because inflation is now in double figures and heading higher."

ASLEF members at 12 companies, including Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains will participate in the strike action on Sept. 15.


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