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Three days of Southern strike action in August will cause “maximum disruption for passengers”

PUBLISHED: 11:47 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 14 July 2017

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The strike action was announced on Thursday

Three more days of strike action on Southern Rail in the ongoing feud over driver-only trains will cause “maximum disruption for passengers” the rail firm’s parent company has said.

Aslef union members are already in the middle of an overtime ban, disrupting Southern services, and yesterday the group announced strike action for August 1, 2 and 4.

A spokesperson from Govia Thameslink Railway said: “To call three days of strikes spread across a week is a deliberate move to cause maximum disruption for passengers. To do so in protest against an offer to increase pay by 24 per cent is simply breathtaking. Commuters, the vast majority of whom are seeing pay rises many times less, will understandably be as shocked and frustrated as we are.”

The rail firm, which was fined £13.4million by the Department for Transport over its performance this week, has met with union reps in the past to try and hammer out a deal, but has failed to reach an agreement.

GTR added: “We absolutely need to modernise in order to increase capacity on this, the most congested part of the UK’s network, where passenger numbers have doubled in places in as little as 12 years. That requires modernisation of infrastructure, trains and working practices. The trade unions must join us in that endeavour.”

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