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Unions suspends Southern Railway strikes for talks with transport secretary

Unions suspends Southern Railway strikes for talks with transport secretary

Aslef drivers have called strikes on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 August in their separate pay dispute.

Aslef said an overtime ban by its drivers had also been suspended.

The RMT has been embroiled in a long-running row over the role of the guard on Southern rail, that has caused major disruption for passengers in a year beset by delays and cancellations.

The BBC has contacted the Department for Transport for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

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Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: "Neither Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and his Government, nor his contractors GTR, have lifted a finger to resolve this long-running dispute despite approaches from the union, and so yet again today RMT is forced to take action and send Southern Rail a clear message that we will not allow them to strip the railway of a safety-critical second member of staff on these vital rail services".

Mr Lloyd said: "It is ridiculous this dispute has gone on for so long, causing so much anguish to so many thousands of my constituents in Eastbourne and many hundreds of thousands of rail users across the South East and beyond". That's why we think it's time for Chris Grayling to step in and sort it out.

Lewes MP has met with unions bosses to call for an end to the Southern rail dispute today (Tuesday July 18).

"They have confirmed that they are determined to end this dispute and are ready and willing to sit down with the Dft and GTR, with no pre-conditions, to negotiate a bilateral agreement as soon as possible. I hope he has the will".


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