Good News! Next Week’s Southern Strikes are Suspended
After nine months of strikes, industrial action due to take place on Southern Rail services on the 24, 25 and 26 of January has been suspended.
Members of Aslef were due to walk out for three days next week over the ongoing industrial dispute, but this plan was suspended when the Trades Union Congress agreed to what could be breakthrough talks.
These talks are due to go ahead today (Wednesday 18 January).
Commuters travelling with Southern, which is the only rail franchise to serve a number of local stations including Portslade, were hit by three days of strikes last week.
Speaking to The Sun, Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “I am today proposing a new process to try and find a resolution to our industrial dispute with Southern.
“We propose that Aslef and Southern engage in intensive talks under the auspices of the TUC and as soon as possible.
“Given the implications of this dispute for the wider railway industry, I am also asking the secretary of state for transport to support this new process.
“Aslef believes that the best way to resolve the dispute at Southern is for all parties to engage in meaningful talks, without preconditions, aimed at finding an agreed way forward.”
Southern has advised passengers next Monday’s RMT Union conductor strike is still expected to go ahead.
For more information on next week’s trains, check before you travel on the Southern site.