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East Midlands Trains sees new strike dates set

New dates have been set for two one-day strikes by drivers on East Midlands Trains (EMT).

The drivers' union Aslef has confirmed its members will take industrial action on 23 and 25 June.

The union has already held six one-day strikes in a dispute over the company reducing both its own and staff contributions to its pension fund.

EMT said they had not been officially informed of the action but described further strikes as "pointless".

The company has claimed the reduction in contributions would leave train drivers £500 a year better off and would not affect pension benefits.

But the union said the move was reckless in a time of economic uncertainty.

It added that consideration was still being given to dates for action in July and August.

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