Union offer to suspend Southern Rail strike

Union offer to suspend Southern Rail strike

Southern Rail is such a dreadful mess, that even the unions are taking pity on passengers.

The RMT union have offered to suspend their strike action thanks to the huge amount of trains the rail company are cancelling.

We wrote about Southern Rail's plans to cancel 341 trains a day, and officials from the company's owner - Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) - have said that people have lost their jobs and weren't getting home to see their families, because of the delays on their services.

Now, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union have said that they'll hold off on industrial action, if the rail operator changes their mind about the services they're cancelling.

Of course, people who rely on Southern will know how bad it has been.

In an open letter to GTR Chief Executive Charles Horton, RMT leader Mick Cash said: "The RMT will suspend calling any further industrial for the next three months if you will also suspend your proposals for a similar period."

"This will then allow us the time and space to sit down together and try and explore options that will seek to deliver the lasting improvements to service and reliability we all want."

"I do hope that you can respond positively to these proposals and I look forward to hearing from you."

A Southern spokesperson said: "We welcome the suggested suspension of industrial action, but we don't need three months to resolve this."

"We are ready to sit down with the RMT and discuss a way forward that we believe that they, our employees and customers will welcome, and can bring an end to this dispute."

"In the meantime we would ask the RMT to work with us, as previously requested, to address the main cause of the current service problems, which is the remarkably high levels of sickness amongst some RMT members."

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