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Talks to help solve the current Southern Rail dispute ended on Wednesday without a deal after RMT leader Mick Cash was stopped from attending.
The leader of the biggest UK rail union arrived at the ACAS conciliation offices on Wednesday morning with leader of the drivers’ union ASLEF.
He was soon sent packing by Southern, which said the RMT only represented 12 drivers as opposed to 1,000 in ASLEF.
The plan of action for the meeting was to settle the ongoing dispute over driver only trains which led to a second consecutive day of strikes on Wednesday.
No further strikes are planned for Thursday but Southern still expects to see “severe disruption” as drivers continue with an overtime ban. Another walkout is also scheduled for Friday.
The RMT are currently in a separate dispute over changes to the role of the guards which has led to many strikes in recent months.
The guards are set to stage another 48 hour walk out next week, and again over the New Year.
However, Wednesdays talks were over the driver only trains dispute rather than the guards continuing row.
Commuters who have been affected by the train disruption are planning a demonstration outside the Department for Transport on Thursday evening.