More Olympics mess looms as UK train drivers threaten strike
London, July 19 (ANI): Train drivers in the UK are set to go on a three-day-strike during the Olympics in a row over pensions, threatening disruption to spectators travelling to the country for the Games.
According to The Telegraph, members of the Aslef union on East Midlands Trains will take industrial action on August 6, 7 and 8, during the Olympics.
The company, owned by transport giant Stagecoach, said the public will be 'shocked and angry' that strikes are being planned at a time of 'great national pride' for the country.
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," he said.
"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," he added.
Aslef is protesting at plans to reduce pension contributions, a move which has been accepted by other unions with members on East Midlands Trains.
General secretary Mick Whelan said: "To cut pension contributions in the current climate is highly irresponsible. It is widely believed that the fund's assets have dramatically decreased since the last valuation.
"Also, any suggestion that drivers would save money ignores the fact that the pension scheme is split 60/40 between the employer and the employee - so if our members are saving 500 pounds, the company is saving 750 pounds," he added. (ANI)
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