SIR – The acceptance by Aslef members of a 28 per cent pay rise undermines the claim that the dispute was over safety and the operation of trains without a guard. The pay offer was a bribe and an offer many drivers clearly could not refuse. The implications are far-reaching. Charles Allen
SIR – Paul Caruana asks: “How can a salary of £63,000 ever be justified for driving a train?”
After the announcement of the salary increase I trawled the websites to see how it compares with those of Deutschebahn, Amtrak and other train operators. Like it or not, it would appear that this is about the going rate.
The Germans had similar union problems in 2014 and gave in to the demands of the drivers. Duncan Rayner