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Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

For the third time this year, Aslef and GTR are reportedly close to resolving their dispute on Southern services.

According to a statement posted on Aslef’s website, significant progress has been made between the two parties after discussions taking place between the union and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

The union has been locked in the feud with the TOC over the move to driver-only operated (DOO) trains since last year, and over the last few months have called overtime bans and strikes for its drivers working on Southern services.

“Further discussions between Aslef and GTR have taken place today and significant progress has been made,” a statement on the union’s website read. “We are now in the process of finalising a proposal for agreement.”

It also comes as fellow union RMT prepares to go on strike at the start of October on Southern services over the same issue.

Despite the positive news, this is not the first time an agreement has been rumoured between Aslef and the operator. In June, an overtime ban was suspended to allow talks to resume with the TOC.

And in April, an agreement was met by the union’s leadership, but in a vote was rejected by members by the slim margin of 26 votes.

Before that, RMT had also accused Aslef of “shocking betrayal” after the its leaders reached a deal to end the dispute.

Earlier this month, Aslef announced that it would stage a 24-hour strike on the Tube.

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Andrew Gwilt   24/09/2017 at 19:52

Greater Anglia are also to plan a strike which is only going to affect intercity services between London Liverpool Street and Norwich with strikes that includes DOO and guards.

AJG89   24/09/2017 at 23:11

So far in resent years. Southern have been the worst train operator with more strikes happening than any other train operators because of DOO ( Driver-Only Operated) strikes that kept on coming. My suggestion was that Southern could of been stripped from GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) "TSGN" franchise and to operate itself with another franchise such as Abellio, First Group, Arriva or MTR.

Lutz   25/09/2017 at 04:44

There are plenty of people in South Asia that could be trained to do perform these rolls; lets get them trained-up.

Mark Hare   25/09/2017 at 14:20

@AJG89 - as was posted on your similar comment on another thread, if another operator took over Southern, it would still be the same drivers and the same guards still with the same grievances, whatever colour uniform they're wearing.

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