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Arriva Train Wales drivers to strike over pay

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Drivers at Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), owned by Germany's Deutsche Bahn, will hold a series of strikes starting next week in a dispute over pay, the Aslef union said on Friday. The train drivers' union said its 478 members had voted to walk off the job at Wales' biggest train operator on Nov. 19, 26 and 27, with other dates to be announced later. The Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT), which also has driver members at ATW, said it would hold a strike ballot, after rejecting a pay offer from the company. ATW said it hoped a strike could be averted by talks. The company, which also operates in England along the Welsh border, is part of British train and bus operator Arriva, which German state rail operator Deutsche Bahn bought in April in a deal that valued Arriva at 1.5 billion pounds ($2.6 billion). ($1=.6232 Pound) (Reporting by Karen Foster; Editing by Hans Peters) Keywords: DEUTSCHEBAHN ARRIVATRAINSWALES/STRIKES (karen.foster@thomsonreuters.com; +44(0)270-542-8129; Reuters Messaging: karen.foster.reuters.com@reuters.net) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.

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