‘Significant progress’ made in Southern train driver dispute talks

Posted On 22 Sep 2017 at 11:26 am

The union which represents most Southern train drivers said this morning that “significant progress” has been made and a deal is now being finalised.

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The dispute between Aslef union and GTR, which owns Southern, has seen several walkouts and work to rule since April last year in a dispute over the implications of replacement of the guard role with the on board supervisor role on safety.

However, two previous deals made between the union and rail bosses were narrowly voted down by members, reportedly because of the number of exceptions to the agreement that an on board supervisor would always be on trains.

Aslef announced yesterday: “Further discussions between ASLEF and GTR have taken place today [Thursday] and significant progress has been made. We are now in the process of finalising a proposal for agreement.”

The dispute between GTR and the RMT, which represents most on board supervisors, is ongoing, with the latest strike taking place earlier this month.

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