GTR and ASLEF reach new agreement to settle dispute

15 March 2017

Govia Thameslink Railway, parent company of Southern Railway, and ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, today announced they have agreed new terms to settle their dispute. The agreement will now be put to ASLEF members at Southern Rail in a referendum, with a recommendation from the union’s executive committee to accept. Subject to securing the support of ASLEF members, the dispute between the union and Southern will be over.


Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: ‘ASLEF members now have the opportunity to decide on the new terms of the agreed resolution with GTR Southern. This agreement has the full support of the negotiating team, and the executive committee, and offers solutions to our concerns, as well as restoring the confidence of all parties, and the travelling public.’


Andy Bindon, human resources director of GTR, said: ‘We’ve had constructive talks with ASLEF, and we’re pleased we’ve been able to secure a recommended deal, subject to approval from its members, to end their dispute. It’s been an extraordinarily difficult period for passengers, staff and the regional economy and we are glad we’ve found a way to move forward together. We look forward to restoring good industrial relations with ASLEF.’


The result of the referendum will be announced on Monday 3 April. Until then, ASLEF and GTR intend to make no further statements.

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