Southern Rail 'taking legal action' to stop strikes beginning tomorrow

Southern Railway is taking legal action to try to stop a series of strikes from tomorrow, according to the union at the centre of the bitter dispute over the role of conductors.

Monday, 10th October 2016, 9:43 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 4:22 pm

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said it had received a legal challenge, just hours before the start of a three-day walkout.

Union members on Southern are due to strike from one minute past midnight tomorrow, causing fresh travel misery for passengers.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT can confirm the receipt of a formal legal challenge from Southern Rail in the guards safety dispute.

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“It is appalling that rather than sitting down with us at Acas today to seek a resolution the company have chosen to run to the courts under the cloak of the anti-union laws.

“The union intends to continue with the planned action and is examining the details of the paperwork . We will issue a further statement in due course.”