South West Train drivers to strike


Rail passengers commuting to and from London's busy Waterloo station will be hit by three days of strikes later this month after union members voted for industrial action.

Conflict between South West Trains (SWT) and the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (Aslef). over the use of a free taxi service has led to the strikes, which will take place on August 29th and September 8th and 11th.

The row over whether workers can use taxis paid for by the company to get to and from Waterloo at the beginning and end of their shifts has been ongoing all summer.

Aslef representatives feel they have been poorly treated while SWT managers want its drivers to use the service more responsibly and not take it for granted.

Earlier threats to strike were carried out this summer but SWT was able to draft in cover staff to prevent the disruption of services.

It is feared it may not be possible to prevent delays for the next wave of strikes.

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