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Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 10:09 GMT
Rail disputes at a glance
Newcastle station
More misery ahead for passengers with further strikes
As rail strikes continue BBC News Online takes a look at where services are being disrupted and what the disputes are about.


Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members at Silverlink are being balloted over strike action after they rejected a pay offer by 66 to 55.

The union had recommended they accept the offer, worth 3.3% from last June, 3% from this June and a cut in the working week.

Docklands Light Railway

RMT staff on the DLR will also be balloted - this will be co-ordinated with a ballot of London Underground (LU) train drivers who are involved in a separate pay row.

Any industrial action will be launched against the two companies at the same time, potentially causing huge disruption in London.

The RMT has rejected a 4% pay offer on behalf of its members at DLR who work as train "captains" on driverless trains.

It is arguing that the "captains" salaries of 22,300 are below the average in the capital and worse than LU staff.

Arriva Trains Northern

Members of the RMT started a 48-hour strike on Tuesday 5 February.

The action is affecting services in an area bounded by Sheffield in the south, Berwick-on-Tweed in the north, Merseyside in the west and the east coast.

In the North West, it has hit connections in much of Tameside, Rochdale and the key Manchester Airport link.

Train services between Manchester and Liverpool have also be badly affected.

Merseyside's local network Merseyrail has not been affected as it is run by a separate company.

The union wants a 22.5% rise in their basic pay to reduce the pay gap between guards and drivers, but the company has offered 8%.

South West Trains

Two one-day strikes will be held in February and will be run back to back. They will result in services being disrupted for four days.

The strikes will be held from midday on Monday 11 February to noon the following day and again from midday on Wednesday 13 February for 24 hours.


Drivers' union Aslef is balloting members on 24-hour stoppages as part of a campaign to win parity with drivers in other regions.

Drivers have been staging an unofficial overtime ban since the end of December.

ScotRail has been forced to introduce an emergency timetable.

The company has offered a basic increase of 3% with a further 5.2%, which would be conditional on the unions agreeing to more flexible working conditions.

Connex South Eastern

No strike action yet but trouble is brewing.

Members of the RMT union heavily rejected a pay offer in a referendum and it is now seeking further talks with management.

They would have to hold another ballot before any industrial action could be taken.

The company operates trains into London from south-east England.

London Underground

A ballot of London Underground train drivers will be co-ordinated with the Docklands Light Railway who are involved in a separate pay dispute.

Any industrial action will be launched against the two companies at the same time, causing huge disruption in London.

The drivers' union Aslef has accused London Underground of going back on a deal last autumn which stopped strikes by thousands of workers.

Workers were given a 4% pay increase but Aslef wanted a further payment to close the gap between the wages of Tube drivers and staff who drive engineering trains at night.

Tyne and Wear Metro

Two one-day stoppages were planned on the Tyne and Wear Metro, which serves Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East coast.

The strikes, due to be held on 4 and 12 February, were cancelled after talks between Aslef and Nexus, which runs the Metro system.

They agreed that employees will be consulted on a revised pay offer of 3.8% plus a commitment to reduce the working week from 37 to 35 hours no later than October 2003..

Aslef called the strikes after turning down a pay offer of 3%.

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