More Southern staff are to take strike action in Eastbourne.
This time it’ll be ticket office staff who will walk out for 24 hours, in a row with Govia Thameslink Rail over plans to change how ticket offices will be run.
Both Eastbourne and Polegate stations have been earmarked for the alterations, which Southern say will make staff more accessible to passengers. But the RMT Union say the move is threatening jobs, pay and safety.
The industrial action is due to take place on Wednesday 7 September and coincides with a 48 hour walk out by conductors.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said, “The Govia Thamelink franchise is in meltdown and not fit for purpose. Not content with axing catering services, closing ticket offices and attacking the role of their guards they now want to threaten 130 station jobs and compromise the safety of both their passengers and staff alike. Our members have made it clear that they will not stand by while this basket-case franchise unleashes yet another attack on jobs and services in the drive for profits and that is why we have no option but to take strike action.
“These cuts plans fly in the face of the response from the thousands of passengers who objected to the closure of ticket offices and the de-staffing of stations as Govia drives on with plans for a ‘faceless railway’ where the public are left to fend for themselves on rammed-out, dangerous and unreliable services.
“It is about time Govia Thameslink started acting responsibly, halted their cuts plans and got round the table with the union in serious and genuine talks.”
Earlier today (25 August) Southern called for talks with the RMT Union to put an end to the strike planned by conductors for next month.