Search

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

Southern Rail

Southern Rail

Archant

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.”

Latest news

Yesterday, 17:09

The Orpington grammar school is currently subject to a council investigation

Yesterday, 14:52

The fire started on Friday evening

Yesterday, 11:50

A man in his 30s was stabbed on Saturday

Yesterday, 11:15

He pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving

Friday, November 17, 2017

Around 27,000 tonnes of waste has been cleared from the site

Most read

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder