ASLEF train drivers at Northern vote ‘overwhelmingly’ to continue strikes for another six months

This industrial action is separate to ASLEF's long-running dispute with the Government.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 15th February 2024

ASLEF train drivers at Northern have voted “overwhelmingly” to continue taking strike action for another six months.

The union announced the results of the vote yesterday, alongside the dates for a fresh round of strikes and overtime bans – with the next strike set to take place at the start of next month on the Northern network, as well as LNER.

ASLEF members at Northern will take strike action on Friday 1 March for “a failure by the company to adhere to existing agreements”, according to the union, and on top of this, will also take action short of a strike – which is also known as an ‘overtime ban’ – on the network from Thursday 29 February to Saturday 2 March.

Travel disruption is expected all across the North and the rest of the UK during this time – including here in Greater Manchester.

This particular industrial action being taken by ASLEF members is separate to what is a very long-running dispute with the Department for Transport (DfT) over pay and working conditions.


With mandates for industrial action only lasting six months at a time, due to what ASLEF has referred to as the Conservative Government’s “anti-union legislation”, this was what led the union to having to reballot its members.

93.9% of ASELF members at Northern voted ‘yes’ to continuing strike action, with 96.6% also voting ‘yes’ to action short of strike.


The overall ballot turnout for Northern Trains was 76.7%.

“We are fed up to the back teeth with the bad faith shown, day after day, week after week, and month after month by these two companies,” commented ASLEF’s General Secretary, Mick Whelan, as the ballot votes were released and fresh strike dates confirmed.

‘We always stick to agreements which we make. These companies think they can break agreements – which they freely enter into – whenever it suits them. And they’re wrong.


“This is a shot across their bows and a sign of things to come.

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“They need to stop what they are doing, start to behave properly and honourably, because their drivers are no longer prepared to be treated like this.”

Featured Image – Northern