Drivers with the union ASLEF, have rejected a proposed resolution to the long-running dispute with Southern over the introduction of driver-only trains.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said, “We understand and support the decision arrived at democratically by our members and will now work to deliver a resolution in line with their expectations.”
Commenting on the situation, Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, Southern’s parent company, said, “Naturally we’re saddened and hugely disappointed, as will be our passengers, with today’s decision by drivers, particularly as the agreement carried the full support and recommendation of the ASLEF leadership. We now need to understand the issues which led to this outcome and we’ll be seeking to meet with the union as soon as possible to see how we can agree a way forward.”
This comes the day after the RMT Union announced fresh strike action, which will affect Eastbourne commuters next Wednesday (22 February).