Southern Rail drivers end 18-month dispute by signing new pay deal

Southern Rail drivers end 18-month dispute by signing new pay deal

Southern Rail drivers end 18-month dispute by signing new pay deal

The RMT argues that the possibility of driver-only trains on South Western would discriminate against older passengers and those with disabilities, with about 70% of the stations on the network unstaffed.

"We now look forward to working with Southern Rail to restore good industrial relations and deliver the service passengers in the region deserve".

At the time, Aslef's general secretary, said the union would seek further talks with Southern in an effort to deliver a resolution to the row "in line with the expectations of our members".

Strike action has caused delays and cancellations across the Southern network stretching back to April 2016, after Govia Thameslink Railway - Southern's parent company - announced plans to remove conductors from its trains, leaving them exclusively operated by the driver. That person will have all the relevant safety competence - including the skills to evacuate passengers in an emergency.

Nick Brown, chief operating officer for Govia Thameslink Railway, said: "This dispute has been hard for our passengers in particular and we are pleased that we can now move ahead and deliver stability".

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

"Should, in certain circumstances, a train not have that second person on board then it will still be able to run until a replacement can be provided. It is not a template for Britain's railway in the 21st century".

MILLIONS of rail passengers face the biggest disruption in decades from today as staff strike against five operators in disputes over the role of train guards.

"They remain resolute and strong in their belief that it is only by conducting industrial action that their concerns about the future of the company and the failure of staff to receive a pay rise in 10 years will be adequately highlighted". The union warned that the cuts may spark further strikes on the Tube. Northern said it was aiming to run 65% of services until 7pm, while Merseyrail said most of its trains would run until 7pm. Most services will finish by 7pm.

Mr McDonald said Labour believed the railways should aspire to the safest possible method of train despatch to ensure the maximum level of passenger service, security and safety.

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