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Fresh railway industrial action

Rail passengers are facing fresh chaos on the National Express East Anglia network after more strikes were announced by train drivers.

The drivers' union Aslef said its members would walk out for a week from 21 September in a long-running row over pay and conditions.

The union said it failed to accept a deal aimed at ending the dispute.

Workers staged strikes last month which hit services between London and Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The action was suspended after a new deal was put forward.

Sacked colleague

But Aslef has now said its 800 members refused to accept the deal in a ballot, so more strikes will be held in the week running up to Labour's annual conference in Brighton.

Last month's strikes hit busy commuter and other services between London and Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association took part in the last strikes, which caused problems for thousands of commuters.

Meanwhile, RMT members at First Capital Connect will walk out on Monday in support of a campaign to reinstate a sacked colleague.

The union said Rachel Lock was the victim of an assault by a member of the public angry at being challenged over a ticket.



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