Unions Agree To Talks Aimed At Ending Train Strike

Tens of thousands of rail passengers will again face disruption on Tuesday as staff at the State-owned transport company stage a second 24-hour strike as part of a campaign for a pay increase. File

Aslef, the drivers' union, confirmed its members had voted 4-1 to end its industrial action.

A survey of over 1,000 businesses for the Rail Delivery Group showed that nearly three out of four fear rail strikes will harm the economy with a third believing they could directly harm their businesses.

Last month, Southern's parent firm Govia Thameslink Railway and the union struck a deal that will see drivers receive a 28.5 per cent pay rise over the next five years.

More train stoppages have been scheduled over the next few weeks, including match day on November 14, as workers protest to demand a 3.75% pay increase.

Nick Brown, chief operating officer at GTR, said: "This dispute has been hard for our passengers in particular and we are pleased that we can now move ahead and deliver stability by finally concluding this deal with ASLEF". This is because we know that a second member of staff provides assurance to our passengers and ensures we have capable colleagues on board to deliver assistance or offer advice during journeys.

Many services will not be affected, but others will be cancelled, replaced by buses or busier than normal.

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Since April previous year, the union and rail provider have been arguing over the role of driver-only trains.

Mick Whelan, the organisation's general secretary made the announcement, saying the members were pleased with a resolution they believed was beneficial to both staff and the company they work for. Greater Anglia plans to run a full service as most trains do not have guards, while Southern said for the most part it will be "business as usual", with some alterations planned.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) today said that jobs will be lost across London Underground as a result of spending cuts, according to the London Evening Standard.

Driver will be responsible for opening and closing train doors, with guards transferred to the role of the on-board supervisor.

The dispute has spread to South Western Railway because the RMT is seeking assurances about working practices when a new fleet of suburban trains are introduced in 2019.

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