Southern train drivers vote to accept the deal

Southern train drivers vote to accept the deal

Southern train drivers vote to accept the deal

Last year ASLEF joined the RMT union's industrial dispute over the further extension of DOO on the Southern network by Govia Thameslink Railway.

Southern operates services in the Ashford and Tonbridge areas of Kent.

NBRU General-Secretary Dermot O'Leary said while the talks are "a potential step forward", he added: "It should be borne in mind that the intransigence displayed by Irish Rail management, led it should be said the CEO, together with tacit support from the Department of Transport, will make an overall resolution to this dispute more hard than it might otherwise have been".

The row over who should open and close the doors on trains has disrupted services sporadically for nearly two years. This is because we know that a second member of staff provides assurance to our passengers and ensures we have capable colleagues on board to deliver assistance or offer advice during journeys.

Aslef, the drivers' union, confirmed its members had voted 4-1 to end its industrial action. "The independent rail regulator has said driver-controlled trains, which have been used in this country for more than 30 years, are safe", the spokesman added.


ASLEF said the resolution accepted applies only to Southern and that operator.

The union's general secretary, Mick Cash, said: "These strikes are about rail safety and accessibility pure and simple".

"Employees have been guaranteed jobs and salaries", they said. No trains are running on the lines west of Poole and Yeovil Junction, nor on the Isle of Wight.

Staff on Southern, South Western Railway and Greater Anglia walked out on Wednesday and will continue their action on Thursday, November 9. "Only this week at the Wimbledon derailment it was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation".

Merseyrail: Most services will run between 7am and 7pm, but there will be a break in service during the middle of the day, and some stations will be closed. We are pleased with a resolution which, we believe, works for the staff and the company, and we now look forward to working with Southern Rail to restore good industrial relations and deliver the service passengers in the region deserve.

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