Union backs passenger protest

21466_Southern-Rail-trainThe TSSA has backed passenger protests over Southern Rail’s reduced new timetable.

The firm has axed nearly 350 trains a day, blaming high sickness levels among staff and unions for taking unofficial action. Unions say the issue is down to management incompetence.

Passengers yesterday held a protest at London’s Victoria Station against the disruption to their commute.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Ministers should end passenger misery and call time on Southern’s franchise – it is simply not up to running this railway. They should listen to more than 12,000 passengers who have signed a petition calling on them to strip GTR of this franchise.

“The emergency timetable is a clear signal of failure and the company’s insistence on putting its shareholders interests ahead of those who matter most, the passengers. A publicly owned franchise would put passengers at the front of the queue.

“One of Labour’s most popular policies under Jeremy Corbyn is the promise to take railways back into public ownership. But we cannot afford to wait until 2020 to act at Southern, Ministers must intervene immediately and end this failed franchise now.”

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