Southern Call For RMT To Call Off Strike

Sunday 22nd January 2017

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Southern has called again on the RMT to suspend its strike action after confirming that over 70% of its trains will run tomorrow (23 January) with a full service returning on Tuesday.

Southern says it completed at the start of the year its programme to put drivers in sole control of the operation of the train, including closing the doors, on nearly 80% of routes, transferring many conductors to the new on-board supervisor role focused exclusively on customer service. This means it can operate 10% more of its normal timetable than it has been able to on previous conductor strikes.

Angie Doll, Southern's Passenger Services Director, said, "The RMT is continuing with industrial action that is now pointless.  Because of the changes, we've now finished making we're able to run 200 more services - a further 10% increase than previous RMT strike days - on more routes serving more passengers.

“Sadly, our passengers once again face disruption because of the RMT's intransigence and refusal to suspend action and engage in meaningful talks. We remain ready and willing to meet for face to face talks to end their dispute and move forward to deliver a better railway for passengers."

The following routes - previously suspended on an RMT conductor strike day - will now operate on Monday:

  • Eastbourne – Hastings
  • Chichester – Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Lewes – Haywards Heath
  • Coastway stations (including Bognor, Littlehampton, Eastbourne, Worthing and Hastings) will regain a direct service to London
  • Routes that previously finished early in the evening will also now run much later.

The RMT say they are going ahead with their planned strike action against the introduction of driver-only operation both because they still believe it to be compromising passenger safety and because they were left out of talks this week between Southern and the ASLEF union.

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