Published on : Thursday, November 9, 2017
Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said that the union is pleased with a resolution which, they believe, works for the staff, and the company, and they are now looking forward to working with Southern Rail to restore good industrial relations and deliver the service passengers in the region deserve.
The agreement with Aslef union members also means there will be a second, safety-trained person on every train except in “exceptional circumstances”, such as a member of staff calling in sick just before a shift or being taken ill during work.
Nick Brown, the Chief Operating Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, the owners of Southern Railways, said that this dispute has been difficult for our passengers in particular and we are pleased that they can now move ahead and deliver stability by finally concluding this deal with Aslef.
But Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) General Secretary Mick Cash said the consequence did not change his union’s campaign.
Where such passengers who required assistance were once guaranteed a second member of staff to assist, a new section in this deal deliberately sets out where there is no on-board supervisor the driver will knowingly have to leave such passengers stranded on trains and stations.
This announcement was made as members of the RMT union on Southern, and four other train operators, which went on a strike in a detach dispute over the role of guards.