Solidarity with ASLEF members beginning Southern overtime ban

aslef-southern-strikeASLEF members today begin an overtime ban in their long-running dispute with Southern Trains.

The ban will see an estimated quarter of trains cancelled in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. It shows how many hours train drivers are expected to work unpaid simply to keep the railway running.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: “This ban reflects the total loss of trust and goodwill between train drivers and the company. Drivers work overtime on an entirely voluntary basis and have no contractual obligation to do so..

“The shortage of train drivers is wholly down to a lack of recruitment by Southern rail who have made no effort to recruit drivers over many years, a point echoed by the government commissioned Gibb report last week. In fact, responsibility lies with GTR/Southern’s managing director Charles Horton who has run the company and its predecessors on the cheap for nearly a decade and has always put the interests of shareholders ahead of those of passengers and taxpayers.

“I once again give notice to the government and the rail industry that if any train driver is verbally abused, threatened or attacked as a result of the lies peddled by Southern Rail, we reserve the right to do whatever is necessary to protect our members, on Southern or nationally.”

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