This is taken from the Southern Website
RMT Union announces five days of strike action by conductors
We have been informed that conductors in the RMT Union plan to take strike action between 8-12 August.
If this strike takes place, there will be significant disruption with no service on some lines and only a limited service over limited hours on other. More information is available here. Please check before you travel for the latest information.
Recent Press Statement from the RMT:
RMT presses Govia Thameslink for urgent talks in Southern guards safety dispute.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said
“RMT officials have already cleared the diaries and are available for serious and genuine ACAS talks which is exactly what we have been calling for all along.
“On top of that we repeat our offer in good faith to suspend action if the company agree to suspend the planned changes to the safety critical role of the guard and the bulldozing through of the new contracts without agreement
“That would create the space for talks to take place outside of the pressure cooker. RMT will be at ACAS to discuss the full range of detailed issues at the core of this dispute”.
Note from MLAG
If the strike goes ahead, there will be no train service to or from Rye from 8-12 August inclusive. At the very least we would expect rail passes to be accepted on local bus services between Rye and Hastings. Obviously it is to be hoped that the parties involved can get together this week as otherwise we will have no public transport link to Ashford all week with major inconvenience to holidaymakers and commuters. We will update as we hear news.