Yet More Strike Action Threatened

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Eastbourne Railway Station

Even more strike action is being threatened at Eastbourne and Polegate Railway Stations.

As the RMT Union ballot their members over Southern’s plans to alter how ticket offices are run, the TSSA Union has now announced it too will ballot their members on the issue. The TSSA will start their ballot next Wednesday (10 August), with any strike action expected to take place in September.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said any industrial action would be co-ordinated with "our sister rail unions to maximise the impact."

He added, "The GTR franchise has let down the travelling public and its staff and we would like to see it stripped off its franchise as soon as possible because it is no longer fit for purpose.

"Passengers may have to suffer short term pain to see a long term gain in the shape of new owners, hopefully Transport for London if Ministers start seeing sense."

He said plans to move staff out of ticket offices to act as "Station Hosts" had not been thought through. As well as handling large amounts of cash, they would also be in charge of operating gate lines, making a recipe for confusion.

"We have tried to negotiate on these ideas but GTR just seem to be making it up as they go along," he added.

“A spokesperson for GTR/Southern said, “TSSA now seems to want to join the RMT in heaping more misery on our passengers.

“Balloting for industrial action over proposals which will see affected staff earn more, where jobs have been guaranteed and which will result in station staff being available for longer seems not only pointless but ridiculous.

“We trust station teams will see these proposals are good news for them and for passengers.”

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