It is understood the vast majority of Arriva train drivers are with the ASLEF
says Virgin bosses run the risk of drivers refusing to man trains if unqualified managers try to take over the duties of controllers who could walkout from July 26, on the eve of the Olympics.
has claimed that their bosses should not be treating Boxing Day as an "ordinary working day".
have stepped in to sponsor Cook's Livingston constituency and snap him up as a high-profile member.
Michael Rix, general secretary of ASLEF
, said workers will continue one-day walkouts, paralysing the country's rail network and causing traffic chaos.
Members of the RMT, Amicus and TGWU had voted for strike action but at that stage ASLEF
had not held a ballot.
Now some ASLEF
members are blaming their executive for landing them with a threatened series of strikes.
I am unhappy that, at a time when goodwill to all is the topical theme, we have been unable to provide a consistent and satisfactory level of service, either because of strikes called by ASLEF
or because of the iron -going embargo on rest-day working.
A spokesman for the drivers' union, ASLEF
, said: "We know of one driver who is earning pounds 50,000 and others who are on pounds 42,000.
Hopes rose last night of averting a Scottish-wide rail strike after train drivers' union ASLEF
postponed a stoppage planned for next Monday.
Union officials would not be drawn on what action ASLEF
will now take,but it is understood that disciplinary action is now expected.
He was "demoralised" when he complained to his rail union ASLEF
that requests for refresher training were being refused.