Five days of strike action will hit Eastbourne rail commuters.
The RMT Union has today (28 July) announced its members are being instructed not to book on for any shifts between 00:01 on Monday 8 August and 23:59 on Friday 12 August, in the ongoing row over driver-only trains.
The Union says this is because their offer to suspend industrial action for three months if Govia Thameslink Rail, which runs Southern, halted their plans to introduce the new system for the same time period to allow further talks to take place. They also claim a letter sent to Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, asking for direct talks, has been ignored.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said, “This action has been forced on us by the arrogance and inaction of Govia Thameslink and the Government who have made it clear that they have no interest in resolving this dispute or in tackling the daily chaos on Southern.
"Our fight is with the company and the Government who have dragged this franchise into total meltdown. We share the anger and frustration of passengers and we cannot sit back while jobs and safety are compromised on these dangerously overcrowded trains.
"It is disgraceful that neither the company or the Government are prepared to engage and are looking to bully through the extension of DOO and the attack on the guards set for 21 August. They should wake up and get round the table now as an urgent priority."
The announcement comes just two days after the RMT said it will now start to ballot station staff over proposals to change how ticket offices are run at both Eastbourne and Polegate stations.