Food & Drink Southern Rail Strikes Could Be Over As Deal Struck With Drivers' Union Aslef

15:21  03 february  2017
15:21  03 february  2017 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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A deal to end a bitter dispute between Southern Railway and Aslef over driver -only trains has been agreed. The two sides have been holding lengthy talks in a bid to resolve a long-running row which sparked a series of strikes . Around 1,000 drivers will now vote on the deal

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  Southern Rail Strikes Could Be Over As Deal Struck With Drivers' Union Aslef © Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A deal to end a bitter dispute between Southern Railway and Aslef over driver-only trains has been agreed.

The two sides have been holding lengthy talks in a bid to resolve a long-running row which sparked a series of strikes.

Around 1,000 drivers will now vote on the deal, bringing some relief to passengers who have suffered months of disruption because of industrial action and staff shortages.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union is still in dispute with Southern over changes to the role of conductors.

The RMT announced it is to ballot workers on Merseyrail for industrial action over the role of guards.

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Southern rail has branded a decision by drivers ' union Aslef to half its number of strike dates as a "cynical ploy". The train operators were planning to walkout for six days from 9 January in a row over the "We still believe a deal can be done but we are , at the moment, a long way from that position.

COMMUTERS are being braced for fresh train strikes after talks between the Southern and the RMT collapsed without agreement. The groups had met for the first time today since a deal was struck with drivers ' union Aslef .

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, and Andy Meadows, of rail firm Abellio, who chaired the talks, said: “The negotiators from both sides have worked hard and co-operatively to achieve this breakthrough.

”This long-running dispute has clearly been extraordinarily difficult for both staff and passengers, and we are glad that the parties have reached agreement on a way forward.”

Ms O’Grady added: “I welcome the decision of Aslef to consult its members on the new offer that has now been made by GTR Southern. The TUC is pleased that we were able to play a part in finding a positive way forward.”

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “I am pleased that we have finally been able to reach an agreement with the company which reflects the concerns of train drivers. I believe this deal can deliver a safer and appropriately staffed railway for passengers on Southern rail and I will be recommending it to Aslef members.”

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A DEAL to end the crippling Southern Rail dispute over driver -only trains has been agreed. The Aslef union and Southern have made the announcement The Southern Rail dispute has heaped misery on passengers because of crippling strikes . The deal could bring some relief to passengers who

Nick Brown, chief operating officer of Southern’s owners Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “Our aim has always been to reach agreement with the unions on our proposals and we’re delighted to have secured a deal today with Aslef to end their dispute.

”It’s good news for passengers, the regional economy and staff. After the misery and disruption to people’s work and family lives, we are pleased we can start to move forward and deliver a better railway for the travelling public.”

Mr Brown added: “We are ready, willing and able to meet with the RMT.”

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “I’m very pleased that Aslef and Southern have reached an agreement. I think it’s good news for passengers.

”I’m very grateful to those who have been involved, from the TUC and the help they’ve provided, to the HR director of Abellio who has been a real help in making this possible.

”We now need to concentrate on getting this railway back to normal, sorting out other challenges, but I hope this means passengers are going to start to see things operate on a normal basis again.”

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Southern rail is believed to have reached a deal with train drivers to end their dispute following a second week of talks. The result of the negotiations held at the TUC between operating company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and drivers ’ union Aslef is expected to be announced later on Thursday.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT was not party to the talks brokered by the TUC with GTR.

”As a result of that we have no details whatsoever on any deal that has been agreed by the parties who were granted a seat at the table.

”Consequently, we have no information on what impact any deal that may have been reached will have on nearly 500 guards who have been involved in an industrial dispute over safety for the best part of a year. That is an appalling way for that group of workers to be treated.

”RMT’s dispute remains on. The union is aware of the offer of further talks from the company.

”Once we have the full details of the deal that has been struck today, and an assurance that the terms of reference of those talks will focus on the retention of a second safety-critical member of staff on Southern services, we can agree an immediate date for negotiations to commence.”

Andy McDonald, shadow transport secretary said: “This is great news. While the full details are yet to emerge, it is essential that any safety concerns have been comprehensively addressed and resolved.

”Sadly, trust between Southern management and the workforce has reached an all-time low, but hopefully this agreement marks the beginning of a more inclusive way of conducting industrial relations in the future.

”Southern’s long suffering passengers will be delighted at this news, but equally they need to see the appalling standards of service, which they have endured for far too long, greatly improve, and do so quickly.”

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