The RMT Union has offered to suspend a strike, which would hit Eastbourne commuters next week (8-12 August).
They’ve said they won’t walk out if Southern matches Scotrail’s offer, which guarantees the jobs and safety-critical role of the guards both now and in the future.
In a letter to Southern Chief Executive Charles Horton sent this morning, RMT General Sectary Mick Cash says:
“Role of the Guard and Extension of DOO – Southern (GTR)
"I am writing in response to your open letter to your customers and other publicity issued to your customers during the ACAS talks.
"We have had intensive talks under the auspices of ACAS over the past two days and I am hoping that you will be able to authorise your team, at the reconvened talks today, to accept the following. Should you do so then my Union will suspend the strikes called for next week. This would, obviously be welcomed by your customers and my members.
"The offer this union is making to Southern is as agreed with Abellio Scotrail this week, an agreement that enabled us to suspend our industrial action.
"So there can be no doubt I will set down the 4 key elements of Scotrail’s offer that was agreed.
"This is a sensible way forward and would enable us, like I said, to suspend the industrial action. We would speedily meet to discuss and agree train despatch, something we are doing with Scotrail.
"I feel that this is a positive way forward that will bring an end to this dispute and enable Southern to start running a full service again. I will keep my National Executive Committee on stand-by today so that should you accept the above then a decision can be taken to, hopefully, suspend all industrial action.
"I await your urgent response.”
A third day of talks is currently underway between Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Rail and the RMT Union.