Rail strike threatens travel hell; Cardiff-bound football fans facing disruption as pay dispute escalates.
Byline: OWEN HUGHES Business Correspondent email@example.com
NORTH Wales faces rail chaos this week as Arriva Trains Wales say all its services will be halted by a 48 hour strike by drivers.
Arriva Trains Wales drivers in the ASLEF and RMT unions have been ordered out in a fresh action in a dispute over pay.
The action will take place tomorrow and Friday - causing rail chaos in the region.
ASLEF yesterday con-firmed the strike would go ahead as planned.
This will hit Welsh fans travelling to Cardiff City Stadium for the match against the Netherlands in a friendly on Friday night.
A spokesman said: "The Executive Committee met with the Lead Officer and ATW Company Council to consider two offers from the company. The EC found both offers to be unacceptable.
"The strikes planned for Thursday 12th & Friday 13th will go ahead."
An Arriva spokesman said: "This will result in the cancellation of all Arriva Trains Wales services over these two days.
"We continue to do all we can to avert strike action however we are advising customers to make alternative travel arrangements for these days."
They added that there would not be replacement bus services.
HR Director for Arriva Trains Wales, Gareth Thomas said: "We are obviously disappointed that the drivers' union has not accepted our improved pay offers and that they have opted to take industrial action even though negotiations are ongoing and progress continues to be made.
"The pay offer includes, generous above inflation 3 year pay deal with a 2.5% increase in year, reducing the maximum working day to nine hours and 30 minutes from 10 hours, 30 minutes and an agreement to conduct a feasibility study into improving rest break arrangements."
They said the current base salary for a driver is PS43,869 which will rise to PS44,966.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said this walkout will be held on November 12 and 13 after talks failed to resolve the row.