Southern has sent Shrimp the following update on the on-going strike action: “As you will be aware, the RMT is planning a further two-day strike later this week, (Friday November 4 and Saturday November 5) and five further days of industrial action.
Three months ago, we proposed a full and comprehensive eight point offer to the RMT in order to bring an end to this unnecessary dispute which just causes misery for passengers and our staff. The offer includes a five-year jobs guarantee, above inflation pay rises for two years, guaranteed minimum levels of overtime, and more trains than today having a safety-trained person on board.
We have today written to the RMT urging him to call off further strike action and accept this offer to avoid it being rescinded. We have invited the union to meet this week should they wish to discuss the offer.
With regard to the drivers’ union ASLEF, last week the union decided to ballot its members for industrial action over the extension of services where drivers are in full operation of the train.
We have been in discussion with ASLEF about this issue for many months, and are working with their representatives to implement the changes. We are therefore very disappointed that the union has decided to take this action.
We continue to meet with the union’s officials and hope to resolve the issue. If we can’t, we will await the outcome of the drivers’ ballot and the union’s next steps and we’ll respond at that time.
Should the RMT strike this week go ahead, we plan to run a service that will serve more stations and ensure that on the majority of routes customers will be able to travel, either on a Southern train, another operator’s train, or a bus.
We encourage passengers to check before they travel – full details can be found on http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike.