More woe on the way for rail passengers

Talks to prevent a strike by Southern Railways failed
Talks to prevent a strike by Southern Railways failed
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RAIL passengers are set for more misery as talks to avoid a five-day strike failed.

Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern Railway, has been locked into talks with union RMT this week.

The union is unhappy about changed to the role of conductors, which will see them not operate the doors.

Talks broke down after three days of discussions at which GTR tabled an eight-point compromise plan to stop the strike action.

The RMT said it would suspend next week’s action if the company gave guarantees on jobs.

A five-day strike is set to take place from Monday.

Passenger service director Angie Doll said: ‘We’re deeply disappointed and angry on behalf of our passengers at this stance, which will cause misery for our passengers and untold damage to the local economy.’