ASLEF train drivers working for East Midlands Trains have announced strike dates in a row over pensions.
The industrial action follows confirmation by East Midlands Trains that pension contributions for employees will reduce from July.
The train operator said ‘ASLEF’s stance is to maintain the higher pension contribution rates, which would see train drivers paying around £500 a year more than they need to, for no additional benefits’.
Members ‘overwhelmingly’ voted in support of industrial action to ‘protect their pensions’.
76.4% were in favour of action which will take place on 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th May.
East Midlands Trains said it planned to continue running train services for passengers despite the industrial strike action.
David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said:
“Pension contributions made by our employees will reduce from July this year. This is good news for our staff and will have no impact on their pension benefits.
“It follows recommendations from a recent pension valuation, which is an independent financial health check on the scheme. We have written to our employees to explain the forthcoming changes and the background.
“It makes ASLEF’s stance difficult to understand and we are surprised that our train drivers are planning to take industrial action over this matter.”