More Southern Rail strikes?

27 July 2016
More Southern Rail strikes?

There's more bother regarding Southern Rail, with the threat of fresh strikes looming, concerning pay and jobs.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said they were asking their members at Govia Thameslink Railway about the impact of plans to close ticket offices.

This is a separate dispute with Southern, which regards the changing of the roles of conductors, which has already seen industrial action.

The RMT said it was opposed to closures and cuts in hours, saying that this could have a "devastating" impact on staff, as well as the safety and service that the public expect.

A union spokesperson said: "The impact of the proposals cannot be underestimated. GTR wants to close ticket offices, or cut them to morning peak only, at 83 stations from as far afield as Kings Lynn and Bognor Regis."

"As a means of doing this they plan to introduce a new multi-functional role of Station Host which RMT estimates will result in a cut of at least 130 jobs."

Of course, Southern services have been a complete mess for a while now, and customers are looking at compensation for their continual woes.

GTR's Passenger Service Director, Keith Jipps, said: "The RMT's threat of further industrial action is entirely unwarranted and clearly another bid by the union to disrupt passengers and GTR across as many parts of our franchise as possible."

"We have listened to passengers and modified our proposals, addressing the concerns of both London TravelWatch and Transport Focus."

"Our new Station Hosts will be paid more, be able to work in safety and provide passengers with better customer service, but the RMT is not concerned with improving the experience for passengers and are dismissing significant improvements to the terms and conditions for staff."

TOPICS:   Travel

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