bitter row has damaged out over the rail dispute after the chief of the drivers’ union branded the Transport Secretary a liar.
Grant Shapps tweeted that passengers utilizing Avanti West Coast providers ought to anticipate disruption on Sunday due to unofficial strikes.
However Aslef hit again, saying there was no motion on Sunday, accusing the minister of mendacity.
His propensity to lie is only one cause why he couldn’t get sufficient backers to get within the poll to grow to be Tory social gathering chief. That and the truth that he’s not excellent at his job
Mr Shapps tweeted: “UNOFFICIAL STRIKES: Passengers utilizing Avanti West providers ought to anticipate disruption as we speak. Archaic guidelines from 1919 imply engaged on relaxation days is voluntary. Unions now stopping drivers volunteering – inflicting distress for public & workers who received’t receives a commission. We MUST modernise rail.”
Mick Whelan, common secretary of Aslef, mentioned: “Grant Shapps is a liar. He’s not solely fallacious, he is aware of he’s fallacious.
“His propensity to lie is only one cause why he couldn’t get sufficient backers to get within the poll to grow to be Tory social gathering chief. That and the truth that he’s not excellent at his job.
“The reality is that the corporate doesn’t make use of sufficient drivers to ship the providers it guarantees passengers it would run. The corporate, and the minister, ought to cease mendacity and begin recruiting.”
Aslef members at Avanti will strike on August 13 as a part of the long-running dispute over pay and situations, however the union mentioned no motion is being held earlier than then.
Avanti West Coast mentioned unofficial motion by drivers means it’s going through “a number of short-notice cancellations” on its community from Monday.
The agency mentioned in an announcement that cancellations are prone to proceed till the present industrial dispute is settled.
“Clients are urged to test their journey on our web site earlier than coming to the station, and needs to be ready for providers to be disrupted at quick discover and be very busy.
“We’re sorry for the large frustration and inconvenience this can trigger our clients and condemn the drivers’ actions.
“We urge them to interact in significant talks round modernising working practices and creating a railway match for the twenty first century.”
A union spokesman mentioned the corporate doesn’t make use of sufficient drivers to ship its providers.
Aslef members at seven practice corporations went on strike on Saturday, inflicting large disruption to providers.
Extra strikes are deliberate in August by Aslef, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Affiliation in worsening rows over pay, jobs and situations.