Rail commuters in Eastbourne are to receive some reprieve from upcoming strike action.
The RMT Union has today (1 December) confirmed it has cancelled the action planned for 22-24 December and has instead, instructed its members to work normally on those days. However, guards with Southern will now walk out from 12.01am on Monday 19 December until 11.59pm on Tuesday 20 December.
The other actions the union has called, from Tuesday 6 December to Thursday 8 December and from Saturday 31 December to Tuesday 2 January, remain in force.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said, “Our guards on Southern are in daily contact with passengers and the support for our fight to defend safety remains phenomenal. RMT is truly grateful for the overwhelming public backing for the campaign to keep a second, safety-critical member of staff on Southern trains.
"It is from that daily feedback from passengers that the union has taken the decision to alter the dates for action over Christmas. That's the difference between us and Southern. We listen, they don't.”
Responding to the RMT's change of dates for strike action, a spokesperson for Southern said, “We welcome the decision by the RMT to cancel these dates immediately before Christmas but by announcing new dates in the same week they will still be disrupting passengers’ travel plans at this busy time. The new strikes on 19 and 20 December are clearly co-ordinated to follow the ASLEF strikes and cause maximum disruption. If the unions are listening to passengers then they will call off all industrial action, including that over the New Year."