ASLEF strikes new deal with Southern Rail

21466_Southern-Rail-trainASLEF negotiators have agreed a new deal with Southern Rail bosses to resolve the union’s long-running dispute.

Union members last month rejected a deal brokered by the union by  54% to 46% on a 72% turnout. The union has gone back to the company to reach a new agreement, the details of which will be placed before members in a ballot ending on April 3rd. The union’s executive is recommending members accept the deal.

General secretary Mick Whelan said: “ASLEF members now have the opportunity to decide on the new terms of the agreed resolution with GTR Southern. This agreement has the full support of the negotiating team, and the executive committee, and offers solutions to our concerns, as well as restoring the confidence of all parties, and the travelling public.”

Southern Rail HR director Andy Bindon said: “We’ve had constructive talks with ASLEF, and we’re pleased we’ve been able to secure a recommended deal, subject to approval from its members, to end their dispute. It’s been an extraordinarily difficult period for passengers, staff and the regional economy and we are glad we’ve found a way to move forward together. We look forward to restoring good industrial relations with ASLEF.”

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