ASLEF: Southern & Gatwick Express pay

13 July 2017

ASLEF members on Southern Railways and Gatwick Express have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a pay dispute with the company. In a ballot conducted by Electoral Reform Services drivers were asked two questions:

 

Are you prepared to take part in a strike?

 

Yes 514 [61.8%]

No 318 [38.2%]

 

Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?

 

Yes 654 [78.4%]

No 180 [21.6%]

 

Turnout was 80.8% [1,032 papers issued; 835 returned]

 

ASLEF’s executive committee, meeting today, has called strikes on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 August.

 

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: ‘Now is the time for Chris Grayling and the Department for Transport to step in and assist in finding a resolution to a problem they caused.’

 

In a separate dispute with the company, over the attempted introduction, without negotiation, of driver only operation on some routes, train drivers are not working overtime. Southern Rail has consistently failed to employ enough drivers to deliver the services it promised, in its franchise application, to provide to passengers and is, therefore, dependent on the goodwill of staff to volunteer to work overtime.

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