By Daniel Boal, Multimedia Producer
Despite recent progress in bringing rail strikes to an end the train drivers' union Aslef has announced fresh overtime bans amid a long-running pay dispute threatening fresh disruption to services at the height of the summer holidays.
Members of Aslef at 15 train companies in England will refuse to work overtime from Monday August 7 to Saturday August 12.
The union said the ban will seriously disrupt services, claiming that none of the train companies employs enough drivers.
The move will affect Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; Cross Country; East Midlands Railway; Greater Anglia; Great Western Railway; GTR Great Northern Thameslink; Island Line; LNER; Northern Trains; Southeastern; Southern/Gatwick Express; South Western Railway main line; TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains.
It will be the fifth week-long ban on working overtime since May.
The overtime ban announced on Monday comes on top of a planned ban from July 31 and August 5 in a long-running dispute over pay.
Last week members of Aslef and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) called off a London Underground strike after both unions said progress had been made in talks at the conciliation service Acas, but negotiations are still ongoing.
The union said there were now longer guarantees on protection of earnings, no pension changes for at least three years, and the halting of "productivity proposals" which it says would have "damaged the terms and conditions of RMT members".
RMT is still set to hold national rail strikes tomorrow and then again on Saturday, July 29 in a dispute with the government and 14 train operators.
Aslef represent train drivers, while RMT represents members across the rail industry.
The strikes also coincide with planned industrial at Gatwick Airport.
Almost 1,000 members of Unite employed by four private contractors will walk out for four days from July 28 and again for four days from August 4.
Full list of rail strike dates in July:
Friday 21 - Saturday 22 July
Aslef overtime ban
Saturday 22 July RMT members stage the second of three days of national rail strike action.
Saturday 29 July RMT members stage the third of three days of national rail strike action. Unite members at Gatwick Airport plan to walk out.
Saturday July 31
Aslef overtime ban until August 5
Monday August 7
Another Aslef overtime ban until Saturday, August 12
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