Time for Chris Grayling to step in

18 July 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called on Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, to step in and resolve the long-running dispute on Southern Rail.


Mick, speaking after a meeting at Westminster with Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat MP for Eastbourne, and other groups, said: ‘It’s time for Chris Grayling to stand up and help solve this dispute, which has been haunting staff and passengers alike on Southern Rail for the best part of 18 months. It is clear that the company, GTR, does not have the latitude to move without the say-so of the Department for Transport. Their hands are tied and passengers – and staff – have had enough. That’s why we think it’s time for Chris Grayling to step in and sort it out. He has the power. I hope he has the will.’


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