Thursday, 22 June 2017

Southern Railway commuters face renewed driver strike threat

The threat of fresh disruption is hanging over passengers of strike-hit Southern Railway, as drivers are balloted on walkouts over pay.
The ASLEF union made the announcement as a delayed report on the company's performance slammed poor infrastructure - coupled with industrial disputes - for a strain on services to the travelling public.

In addition to the pay dispute, the union's members are preparing to begin a ban on overtime on 29 June in their separate row with the operator over driver-only trains.

That quarrel, also involving the RMT Union, has dragged on for 15 months - resulting in services often being crippled by strikes.

The pay vote being put to ASLEF members follows the failure of months of talks, which could result in driver strikes from 27 July - the start of the school holidays.

The RMT announced on Thursday afternoon that its workers on Southern would strike on 10 July, along with workers on Merseyrail, who will also strike on 8, 10 and 23 July.

Southern said its offer amounted to a rise of almost 24% over four years.

It threatened to withdraw the offer - which would take a driver's basic salary above £60,000 - if the overtime ban went ahead on the issue of driver-only operation.

SKY     News.

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