Southern Rail strike in September

Southern Rail strike in September

Another week, another Southern Rail problem. This time, it's strikes again, with workers saying that they're going to down tools in a 48 hour strike on 7th and 8th of September.

This is thanks to the dispute over the role of guards that just won't go away, after the RMT union made their announcement.

While services have been disrupted for a while, thanks to this industrial action, many customers who use Southern Rail have been showing off their gallows humour, and saying that they've barely noticed a difference from the service they were getting before all this kicked off.

Southern's passenger service director Alex Foulds said: "Passengers and staff will once again be appalled by the RMT's decision to hold yet another strike."

"We are moving forward with our plans for the benefit of customers after nine months of fruitless attempts to reach an agreement."

"We have guaranteed all our onboard staff a job until the end of the franchise, as valued members of our future operation, with no reduction in salary."

Of course, the RMT aren't having that, saying that they've announced more strikes "after the company walked away from talks and opted instead to bulldoze through the roll out of the new operational arrangements from last Sunday without any serious attempt to secure agreement".

They continued, saying that Southern have been showing "flagrant disregard for the safety and security of passengers and staff alike".

The strike will kick off at 00:01 BST on Wednesday 7 September and continue until 23:59 BST on Thursday 8 September.

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