ASLEF members announce Southern overtime ban

aslef-southern-strikeASLEF members working for Southern Railways have announced an overtime ban starting from June 4.

The train drivers voted 95.6% on a 77% turnout for action short of a strike after talks to find a resolution to the long-running dispute with Southern broke down.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: ‘We have been talking to Southern to try and resolve the outstanding issues in a way which works for drivers, passengers, and the company. Unfortunately, the company has refused to move its position so we have, reluctantly, informed them that our members will refuse to work overtime from the end of this month.’

The move was welcomed by RMT general Mick Cash, who said: “This is an important and significant  development and RMT would now call on GTR to join ‎with both unions in tri-partite talks aimed at negotiating a settlement to this dispute which puts safety and access to services at the top of the agenda.”

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