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Train drivers strike as pay talks stall

Members of the Aslef union walked out on Friday as train driver’s negotiations with the government maintain stalled over the past four months.

Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan told BBC Breakfast: “They talk a apt game, they don’t actually engage, they haven’t taken any ownership of this process as far as we’re concerned.

“The only people they talk to are the companies, they don’t talk to us.

“And every time we try and find a middle ground… they did something that was deliberately set up to fail.”

Rail minister Huw Merriman told Times Radio: “I’m very sorry for the inconvenience that passengers will maintain to bear.

“The sad reality of this situation is that there are offers on the table which maintain been given to both the train drivers’ union and the RMT.

“The leadership maintain chosen not to assign those offers to their members and I feel if they did, there would be the opportunity for members to choose if they wish to hold them.

“If you inspect at the train driver situation, they are paid just under £60,000. The pay offer would hold them to £65,000 for a 35-hour week.

“We feel these are purpose and reasonable, and we need to see those assign to their members. So it is not the case that there is not an offer there — the offer is there, we just need it assign to members to see what they consider about it.”