Train passengers travelling with Southern Rail will have to face 14 days of strike action after the collapse of last-minute talks.
The company had been in talks with the RMT union in a bid to avert the conductor strikes, the first between October 11-13, but the union has announced that they have not been successful.
The two sides have been in talks for months over a safety dispute.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said,
“The union is angry and disappointed that a fresh set of proposals put forward by the union today that address both our issues and the company agenda have been rejected out of hand with barely a cursory glance.
‘The travelling public will be rightly angry that the company have kicked back in our faces a chance to resolve this long-running dispute.’