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ASLEFAssociated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (UK)
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I was pleased to have a constructive meeting with ASLEF today and I hope it paves the way for the reopening of negotiations between the union and Southern so we can sort out this situation and get services back to normal for passengers.
An Arriva Trains Wales spokesperson said: "We are still in discussion with ASLEF, we have submitted a new proposal and awaiting feedback from the ASLEF National Executive.
However, ASLEF has claimed that their bosses should not be treating Boxing Day as an "ordinary working day".
It is understood the vast majority of Arriva train drivers are with the ASLEF union.
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.
Now ASLEF 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.
The vote by members of the biggest drivers' union ASLEF has revived fears of strike action following a long-running row over the introduction of a shorter working week on the North East railway.
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.
The 700 members of drivers' union ASLEF are expected to vote for strike action within two weeks in a dispute over pay.
But last night an Arriva Trains Wales spokesman said: "Good progress has been made today with ASLEF and RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport) trade unions regarding drivers' pay.
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.