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ASLEF 'sympathises with passengers' over TransPennine strike

The first of two 24-hour strikes on First TransPennine Express trains has started after pay talks between unions and bosses broke down.

The strike, by train drivers from the ASLEF and RMT unions, started at 00:01 BST on Wednesday and is causing disruption across the north of England.

There is a limited service between Sheffield and Manchester, as well as between York, Leeds and Manchester.

A spokesman for the ASLEF union, Nick Whitehead, told the BBC that while the rail company's pay offer was in the region asked for, its productivity demands were unacceptable.

  • 24 Aug 2011
  • From the section UK
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