Southern Rail talks to resume this week

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TALKS aimed at resolving the year-long dispute over staffing and driver-only trains on Southern Rail are resuming this week.

Leaders of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union met with company bosses yesterday in a bid to stop the row.

RMT members have taken 31 days of strike action over the past year, with further stoppages not being ruled out.

A separate meeting is due to be held this week between Southern and the drivers’ union Aslef.

Aslef leaders have recommended two proposed agreements to resolve the dispute in recent months, but both were rejected by drivers.

Southern’s 300,000 passengers have endured a year of disruption because of the strikes and other problems such as staff shortages.

Labour’s manifesto, due to be published this week, will include a pledge to take rail franchises back into public ownership when they run out.