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Unions plan TransPennine rail strike near bank holiday

Unions have called two 24 hour strikes on First TransPennine Express (FTPE) trains following a dispute over pay.

The planned strikes will take place on 24 and 26 August.

The second day of the planned action coincides with the run up to the bank holiday weekend, Manchester Pride and the Leeds music festival.

The rail company operates services between Leeds, York, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Hull and Newcastle.

Members of the RMT and Aslef unions voted to take the strike action after rejecting a 2.2% pay offer.

Train drivers, conductors and station staff will be advised not to report for work.

Vernon Barker, managing director of FTPE, said: "We are disappointed that our colleagues represented by Aslef and the RMT have voted in favour of industrial action and we remain hopeful that a solution can be found and it can be avoided.

"We would urge the trade unions to join us in further discussions."

Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, said: "The company knows that RMT is ready to negotiate, and if it wants to avoid industrial action it should get back around the table with us and talk seriously about rewarding properly the people who make their profits for them."

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