ASLEF and Southern: overtime ban suspended

01 June 2017

A train drivers’ overtime ban on Southern Railways – due to start on Sunday 4 June – has been suspended for two weeks to allow time for negotiations to find a resolution to the long-running dispute over driver only operation and to allow all outstanding issues to be discussed.


The union will also sit down with the company in parallel, but separate, talks to try to resolve a range of issues. These include drivers’ terms and conditions; industrial relations; and pay.


Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘We met Southern today, ahead of our overtime ban, which was due to start on Sunday. Industrial action is always the last resort; we would much rather talk, and negotiate, than take industrial action.


‘The company has indicated that it is prepared to negotiate with us on a range of outstanding issues and, therefore, we have suspended our overtime ban.


‘We now have a fortnight to try and find a resolution which will work for passengers, for staff, and for the company, too.’

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