Commuters face further strikes

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FURTHER strikes by East Midlands Trains drivers look set to cause cancellations for Belper commuters this week.

Members of the ASLEF union are planning to take industrial action on Saturday, June 23, and Monday, June 25.

The walk-outs will be the seventh and eighth days of action staff have taken since the beginning of May as a row over pensions rumbles on.

Last week the Belper News reported how passengers had complained they were not given enough notice as services were cancelled due to track upgrade .

Passengers departing from Duffield, Belper Ambergate and Whatstandwell have now faced 10 days of cancellations since May 1.

David Horne, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, said: “We know that our passengers will be extremely angry to hear that the ASLEF union is planning to cause further unnecessary disruption to their train services.

“Our drivers have already lost £1,200 through six days of pointless strike action and we are certain they don’t want to lose any more money. We expect they will also be unhappy to hear that union leaders have called further strike action without re-balloting their members.”

Responding to Mr Horne’s comments ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan, said: “The company began to put out these smears only hours after agreeing a meeting for next Tuesday.

“So on one hand they smile and promise open and honest talks, while on the other they sneak around calling the union names.”