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Southern Railway drivers vote to strike

by LLB Reporter
29th Nov 16 10:03 am

More strike action for Southern Railway?

Drivers working on Southern Railway have voted to strike in a dispute over driver-only trains.

The move will bring further travel disruption to the Southern Railway service over the winter months and holiday season.

A huge 87 per cent of members of the ASLEF union backed the walk outs, 95 per cent agreed on other forms of action, with a turnout of 77 per cent.

The union’s executive will now have to make a decision on what the next move will be but must give seven days’ notice on any industrial action that maybe taken.

The dispute will add further disruption to passengers using the service, they have been faced with strikes and shortages of staff for months.

ASLEF has accused Southern Railway of seeking to impose changes rather than find common ground.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan, told Sky News: “We have always been prepared to talk to the company and we have always been of the view that it should be possible to do a deal, but it takes two to tango and the company has not been prepared to negotiate,”

“They have dug in their heels and forced us to ballot our members.”

The union believes there should no introduction or extension of driver-only-operated routes on Southern Rail without its agreement.

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