THE train drivers’ union has called on Westminster to match the example of Scotland and Wales and introduce pay deals it believes will end widespread strikes in England.

Aslef has recommended its members accept a deal put forward by the Welsh transport department and a 5% pay increase from ScotRail.

But it said the Tory government in England does “not appear to be interested in getting a resolution” and claimed this was proof strikes on English railway lines were the fault of the Department for Transport.

Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary, said: “Subject to the decision of our members – and because, as a trade union, we are a very democratic organisation, it is their decision – we have successfully negotiated significant pay increases for our members with the governments of the devolved nations.

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“Sadly, this is in stark contrast to the response from the Westminster government.

"The 15 train companies with which we are in dispute – because they have not offered their drivers, our members, an increase in salary since 2019 – and the Tory government that stands behind them do not appear to be interested in getting a resolution that serves passengers and businesses as well as staff and will help to get Britain’s railways back on track. 

“On Transport for Wales, we have negotiated a deal which modernises the railway in Wales. The deal offers a significant increase in salary for changes to conditions.

“The latest deal with ScotRail is a further increase in salary and improvement in conditions.”

He added: “This is further proof that Aslef is willing to negotiate in good faith and modernise our railway. And further proof that the failure of negotiations with the train operating companies in England is the responsibility of Mark Harper, the Department for Transport, and the Rail Delivery Group. That has been laid bare for all to see.”

A UK Government spokesperson said: “Aslef has also had a fair and reasonable offer for members in England, that would take the average train drivers’ salary from £60,000 to £65,000 while delivering reform to guarantee the future of the rail industry.

“It is time for them to put the offer to their members so they can have a say on their future and call off disruptive and cynical disruption.”