Train drivers are heaping further misery on beleaguered commuters by announcing another day of strike action in August.
Members of the Aslef union announced they would walkout on August 13 in a row over pay.
The union says train operators “failed to make a pay offer to help members keep pace with the increase in the cost of living”.
The latest strike date comes as train drivers stage a concerted walkout this Saturday for the first time in two decades.
It comes alongside industrial action on August 18 and 20 by the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) and members of ticket office union the TSSA.
There is also an RMT Tube strike planned for August 19.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef insisted that “strikes are always the last resort”.
“We don’t want to inconvenience passengers – our friends and families use public transport, too – and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike but we’ve been forced into this position by the companies,” he said.
“Many of our members – who were the men and women who moved key workers and goods around the country during the pandemic – have not had a pay rise since 2019.
“With inflation running at north of 10pc that means those drivers have had a real terms pay cut over the last three years. We want an increase in line with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy, in 2022, what we could buy in 2021.”
Unlike the dispute between the RMT and rail chiefs – which resulted with the latest day of strike action today – the Aslef row is only about pay, rather than pay and working conditions.