Union bosses disregard Southern Rail chaos as “short-term pain”

4 August 2016, Blog

Customers of train operating company Southern are set for further delays as another union considers industrial action against Southern’s parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

Currently, GTR are in ongoing talks with the RMT over driver only trains (the RMT will be striking from the 8th to the 12th August), but now The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) will ballot members for industrial action too.

TSSA opposes GTR’s plans to close 34 offices and reduce hours at 49 others, which TSSA say will result in 47 job losses, and will ballot 250 members on 11th August. Strike action will only compound the chaos for commuters who have been suffering crowded carriages and repeatedly cancelled trains.

TSSA’s General Secretary, Manuel Cortés, said “The GTR franchise has let down the travelling public and its staff and we would like to see it stripped of its franchise as soon as possible. Passengers may have to suffer short-term pain to see a long-term gain in the shape of new owners — hopefully Transport for London, if ministers start seeing sense.”

Cortés added any action, which would happen in September, would be co-ordinated with “our sister rail unions to maximise the impact”.

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