Drivers working for Arriva Trains Wales are to stage a series of strikes later this month in a row over pay, it was announced today.
Aslef said its 470 members would walk out on November 19, 26 and 27, with other dates for action to be announced later.
The Rail Maritime and Transport union announced it would ballot its driver members at the company for strikes.
Aslef said its members voted by more than 9-1 to go on strike in a “remarkably high” turnout of 80 per cent.
General secretary Keith Norman said he had written to the company to say its failure to provide a satisfactory pay offer was not acceptable to Aslef.
Mr Norman said: “This is a clear-cut dispute about the company’s pay offer. Our members in ATW have seen their salaries fall behind train drivers in the rest of the industry. They will not be penalised for working in Wales.”
Meetings have been arranged between the union and the company but Mr Norman warned that the ballot result showed the “clear anger” of Aslef members.
He added: “We will not accept that train drivers in Wales are second class citizens.’