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Southern strike goes ahead despite new GTR offer

RMT launched another three-day strike on Southern today despite Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), the parent company, repeating its offer of a £2,000 bonus if staff accept the revised deal.

Yesterday GTR brought back its offer to RMT in a last-ditch attempt to stop the strike, and also claimed that increasing numbers of guards are returning to work despite the strike instructions.

The strike, which will until last 20 October, is the seventh this year in an industrial dispute over plans to extend driver-only operated (DOO) services on Southern lines. GTR argues it is a necessary part of modernising services, while RTM says it will threaten jobs and passenger safety.

Further strikes are planned for November and December.

Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT, said: “Despite a vicious campaign of company lies and dirty tricks, including the spreading of bogus numbers about staff working and an attempt to bribe our members with a £2,000 bounty to sell-out on passenger safety, the strike action this morning remains absolutely solid.”

During the strike, Southern services will be cancelled on 10 routes, including Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes via Kensington Olympia, Leatherhead to Guildford and Chichester to Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central. Other routes will run on a revised timetable or at certain times of day.

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James Palma   18/10/2016 at 12:26

Yeah, who believes what Mick cash is saying?? I bet there are lots of guards now going back to work as they realize they get £2000 that will be used to put in to their now depleting back accounts, from not being paid for not working. Its almost a pity that the media are giving him any attention.

Geoff Turner   19/10/2016 at 08:53

James Palma I heard that staff who've been striking have been getting full pay so not sure if it that's true?

PWT   19/10/2016 at 13:38

Surely if one is on full pay then by definition they are not on strike but are absent?

Manek Dubash   19/10/2016 at 17:13

It's quite clear that one of two things must be true. Either: a) GTR management are incapable of managing the organisation (including their own staff) or b) GTR is being given behind-the-scenes nods of approval by the government, since this is after all a management contract, not a franchise. My money's on the latter. In which case, defeating GTR, with government backing, will be difficult. To say the least.

J   20/10/2016 at 18:15

Re: "sell-out on passenger safety" I can only speak for myself, as confident rail passenger who has been fit on all but one short period of time (when railway staff gave me a marvellous service), but I do not have any concerns about my safety by chanigng from 'driver + guard' to 'driver plus OBS.' In fact, I believe that having the OBS will be safer, at least in terms of personal security. Often the guard 'hides' in the rear cab for much of the journey and the only time you see them is when operating doors at stations (their level of visiblity seems to depend on the operator and route). However, the OBS will be visible at all times. My criticism of GTR is that they have not sold the beebfits of having an OBS rather than a guard to the passengers. It should lead to one or more of: shorter journey times, more on-time journeys, more station stops. That assumes GTR will make use of the shorter station dwell times to benefit passengers.

Jerry Alderson   20/10/2016 at 18:16

Oops -auto-complete didn't work. Comment from "J" is me.

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