ASLEF offers to suspend strikes on Southern Rail in return for new talks

17 January 2017

ASLEF has this morning offered to suspend industrial action on Southern Railways - if the company agrees to new talks hosted by Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC.

 

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘I am today proposing a new process to try and find a resolution to our industrial dispute with Southern Rail. 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.’

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