We have received the following from the GTR Railway company which operates our Southern MarshLink service. It should be noted that this new ‘agreement’ still needs to go to the ASLEF members for their agreement, remember they turned down the last offer. Also the other union involved, the RMT, representing the guards have not yet been involved and their dispute still continues. we will endeavour to keep you updated as well as we can.
Please find below a copy of a press statement just issued to the media.
GTR and ASLEF reach new agreement to settle dispute
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), parent company of Southern Railway, and ASLEF today announced they have agreed new terms to settle their dispute.
The agreement will now be put to ASLEF members in Southern in a referendum, with a recommendation from the union’s Executive to accept. Subject to securing the support of ASLEF members, the dispute between the union and Southern will be over.
Mick Whelan, General Secretary of ASLEF, 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”.
GTR 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”.
The result of the referendum will be on [3 April]. Until then, GTR and ASLEF intend to make no further statements.
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR)