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Christmas Chaos is Caused With the Announcement of Rail Strikes

ASLEF, the U.K.’s train drivers’ union, has revealed the dates and duration of rail strikes over the Christmas period across the nation due to the long-running dispute over pay and conditions.


Within the duration of December 2nd and December 8th there are already nineteen strikes announced by ASLEF alongside the refusal to work overtime from staff within this time period.


Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary said they are “determined to win this dispute” and “get a significant pay rise for train drivers who have not had an increase since 2019” spreading the reasoning for railway strike action.


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Kate Nicholls, U.K. hospitality chief executive, spoke freely on the impact the strikes will have on the festive market. She claims that “these strikes will hit hospitality businesses at the start of the crucial festive period and will devastate trading during one of the busiest weeks of the year”.


Adding that the prolongation of the rail strikes “continues to disrupt businesses, prevent staff from working and interrupt families’ Christmas plans”.


The general public takes to social media platforms like X to express their ongoing frustrations with these rail strikes. 


Simon Lester, an individual living in Cheshire, writes that the strikes are an “inconvenience [for] thousands of people who use the railways to get to work” and that “innocent people [get] caught up in a situation that’s not their doing”.


Citizens are advised to check before they travel in order to avoid any further disruptions to their journeys by individual train lines and the National Rail.

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