No trains are set to run from Leicester Railway Station on Saturday, due to strike action being undertaken by drivers in a dispute over pay.
The action is being taken by members of the train driver’s union ASLEF, and will involve drivers of 11 operating companies, including those from East Midlands Railway (EMR).
The company confirmed that it will not operate any services on Saturday (November 26) as a result.
“As a result of strike action being taken by members of ASLEF union we are not able to run any services on Saturday,” said Will Rogers, managing director at EMR.
“Customers with advance, off-peak or anytime tickets affected by the strike can use their ticket either on the day before the date on the ticket or up to and including Tuesday, 29 November.
“Customers can also change their tickets to travel on an alternative date or get a refund. More details are on our website.”
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, pointed towards a lack of increase in pay as a reason for the strikes, which are ongoing.
“With inflation now well into double figures, train drivers who kept Britain moving through the pandemic are now being expected to work just as hard this year as last year but for less. Most of these drivers have not had an increase in salary since 2019,” he said in a statement.
“We want the companies – which are making huge profits – to make a proper pay offer so that our members can keep up with the cost of living.
“We regret that passengers will be inconvenienced for another day,” he added.
“We don’t want to be taking this action. Withdrawing our labour is always a last resort for a trade union.”
The Unite union has confirmed that its members will also be taking strike action on 2nd, 3rd, 23rd and 24th December.
For more information and for updates, visit: https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/rail-strike