ASLEF and Southern: overtime ban

17 May 2017

Train drivers who are ASLEF members will no longer work overtime on Southern Railways. Talks to find a resolution to the long-running dispute with Southern broke down on Tuesday and today ASLEF announced an overtime ban.

Our drivers voted overwhelmingly – 87.3% on a turnout of 77% – to strike; with 95.6% voting for action short of a strike, ie, an overtime ban.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘We have been talking to Southern to try and resolve the outstanding issues in a way which works for drivers, passengers, and the company. Unfortunately, the company has refused to move its position so we have, reluctantly, informed them that our members will refuse to work overtime from the end of this month.’

The overtime ban will start on 4 June.


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