Chaos for football fans as train drivers to STRIKE on FA Cup final day as Man Utd take on Man City | The Sun
FOOTBALL fans face more train strike chaos after unions said they would walk out on the day of the FA Cup final.
Aslef rejected a fresh pay deal today, and announced three fresh days of strike action, it was revealed this morning.
Kick off for the Wembley final on June 3 has been brought forwards to 3pm already after police advice for the top clash.
The match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Wembley was expected to begin between 16:45 and 17:30.
But the Met has dubbed the the match as high-risk and objected to the later kick off time over security fears.
It will be the first game kicking off at 3pm since City beat Stoke in 2011.
The move will cause hell for footie fans in Manchester who will face taking coaches down to London to see the game instead of a two-hour train.
The union is in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.
The union said it has rejected a "risible" 4% pay offer from the 16 train companies it remains in dispute with.
It will be the first FA Cup final where United and City will go up against one another.
Members of Aslef will also walk out on May 12 and 31 – causing half term hell for parents.
General secretary Mick Whelan said drivers have not had a pay rise at those companies since 2019.
He said: "Our executive committee met this morning and rejected a risible proposal we received from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG).
"The proposal – of just 4% – was clearly not designed to be accepted as inflation is still running north of 10% and our members at these companies have not had an increase for four years.
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"The RDG, in turn, rejected our proposals to modernise Britain's railways and help them run more efficiently, for passengers and for businesses, in the 21st century.
"Consequently, we have today announced three more days of strike action on Friday May 12, Wednesday May 31 and Saturday June 3 at the companies with which we are in dispute, and which are letting down passengers, and taxpayers, so badly.
"We are also withdrawing non-contractual overtime from Monday May 15 to Saturday 20 inclusive, as well as on Saturday May 13 and Thursday June 1."
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