Talks to resolve bitter Southern Rail dispute to resume this week

Talks aimed at resolving the year-long dispute over staffing and driver-only trains on Southern Rail are to resume.

Monday, 15th May 2017, 1:34 pm
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 5:28 pm
Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Leaders of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will meet with company bosses today in a bid to break the deadlocked 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.

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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 in the coming days, will include a pledge to take rail franchises back into public ownership when they run out.

The policy will help keep the Southern dispute in the spotlight before polling day on June 8.