Southern railway bosses have lodged an appeal after their legal attempt to stop next week’s strike by train drivers was rejected by a High Court judge.
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Southern’s parent company, sought an injunction against the train drivers’ union Aslef but was rebuffed yesterday (Thursday 8 December).
This afternoon the train operator said: “GTR, parent company of Southern Railway, has confirmed it has lodged an urgent application at the Court of Appeal against the High Court decision on (Thursday) 8 December refusing an injunction to prevent industrial action by Aslef.
GTR is seeking to stop a series of nine strike days by Southern drivers which will begin on next Tuesday (13 December) and an overtime ban by Southern drivers which took effect on last Tuesday (6 December) and is expected to go on indefinitely.
Charles Horton, chief executive of GTR, said: “This industrial action is having a severe and significant impact on our ability to run our train services and causing massive disruption to the 500,000 passengers who travel with us every day.
“We were granted permission yesterday by the judge to make an urgent appeal and we have a duty to our passengers to do all we can to prevent the wholly unjustified industrial action continuing.
“Our passengers have suffered months of travel misery and we call again on the unions to call off their action and work with us to find a resolution to their dispute.”
No date has been set yet for the Court of Appeal hearing.
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