Southern strike is go

8 August 2016
Southern strike is go

Another week, another problem at Southern Rail.

Beleaguered passengers are looking at more headaches, as they look at the prospect of a five-day strike, which has kicked off over working conditions.

That said, Southern's service has been so notoriously poor, that most people won't be able to tell the difference during the strike.

There's bickering from both the staff and the owners of Southern, Govia Thameslink Railway.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "This action has been forced on us by the arrogance and inaction of Govia Thameslink and the Government."

"They 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."

Angie Doll, Passengers Services Director for GTR, disagrees, saying: "We are keeping conductors, On trains where the driver can control the door, we want to modify the role of conductor and evolve it into a new role where the second person is still on the train to give customers good service."

"We have gone the extra mile with our compromise offer, but the RMT has made it clear they are not prepared to negotiate."

"They did not want to discuss the role of the on-board supervisor and remain rigidly opposed to evolving the role of on-board staff to focus more on customers."

"We are deeply disappointed and angry on behalf of our passengers at this stance, which will cause misery for our passengers and untold damage to the local economy in the southeast."

"The RMT's strike is unnecessary, unacceptable and unjustified."

In the meantime, passengers on the Southern lines are looking at more irritations, which have been going on for far too long.

And so, there's going to be no trains in either direction on some routes, such as Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes, via Kensington Olympia, Eastbourne to Ashford International, via Hastings and Chichester to Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central.

On other lines, there'll be no service after 6pm.

There's talk of compensation for Southern Rail's customers, which you can find out more here.

For all information about the strike, check Southern's website.

TOPICS:   Travel

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  • Raptorcigs

    Nice to see you're back Mof.

  • howharvey

    you're alive!!! welcome back!

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