Two new train strikes confirmed
Train drivers are set to take part in two new strikes as part of an ongoing dispute over pensions.
Aslef union members at East Midlands Trains will stage the strike action on June 23 and June 25, with passengers facing a possible disruption to services on those dates and perhaps being forced to look into other options such as coach hire.
East Midlands Trains managing director David Horne claimed the action is "indefensible and pure hypocrisy" and said passengers will be "extremely angry to hear that Aslef is planning to cause further unnecessary disruption to their train services".
He added: "Both the RMT and Unite unions have recommended acceptance of the same updated pensions proposals we offered to Aslef several weeks ago. Aslef also accepted the same pension contribution changes at two other rail companies."
However, Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan commented: "I have to say their ill-tempered outbursts do not bode well for an agreement to be made at next week's meeting. They are clearly more concerned with their egos than their passengers."
Copyright Press Association 2012