Published: Wed, January 11, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Southern rail strike: Aslef three day drivers' strike starts today


As commuters face a week of misery, hapless Mr Corbyn threw his weight behind the hated train unions "because I think Southern Rail have behaved in a bad manner".

"I think many people who are trying to commute in from Brighton are utterly fed up with Southern Rail and the way that it has behaved, the overcrowding and the cancellations".

Workers from the UK's Southern Rail have launched a three-day strike in protest over the proposed introduction of driver-only trains.

Meanwhile, it is back to business for London Underground.

The company is providing limited bus and coach services on strike days to provide road links for essential travel from nine of its stations into nearby neighbouring train networks where they can connect into other train operators' services. I am exhausted of them coming home late every night because of the rail strikes.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out in a long-running dispute over ticket office closures.

Southern passenger services director Alex Foulds said the unions have "overreacted", but the RMT and ASLEF do not agree. The company have now imposed a driver only operation - where drivers close train doors but the unions say it's safer for a guard to close the doors - and it's harder for drivers to monitor who's getting on and off.

"There will also be significant disruption and hardship on the days Aslef is not on strike due to their overtime ban, especially on Thursday when trains will be out of position because of the strikes on each day either side".

As commuters faced the start of three days of strike action on the service, Frankie Cottrell's father, Clive, shared the "spontaneous email" on Twitter, which he said had also been sent to their local MP.

But last night the Government insisted there is "no basis left" for the dispute on Southern Railway, which has caused months of disruption.

The union is also planning to strike on January 24, 25 and 27.

"We remain committed to a negotiated settlement, as was reached with ScotRail, but it is hard to negotiate with people who are not prepared to be flexible".

General secretary Mick Whelan said: "We are taking a longer term view of this trade dispute".

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