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Rye station having a makeover

Southern is giving Rye Station a new coat of paint and a general refurbishment. This means that the ticket office is closed but soon there will be a better looking station which can only be a good thing.

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ASLEF VOTE FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION

ASLEF drivers vote to strike

23 May 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary, has welcomed the strong mandate from GTR Southern & Gatwick Express members who have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking action over the dispute concerning the extension of driver only operations. 95.8% of our members voted Yes to taking part in industrial action short of a strike and 84.4% voted Yes to taking part in a strike, on a turnout of just over 82%.

Strike action now on Wednesday 18th May

 

 From Southern Railway
The planned strike action by the RMT Union members between 10 and 13 May has been cancelled, but a new 24-hour strike has been announced for Wednesday 18 May (previously Friday 20 May), which will affect Southern services on a number of routes.
The RMT Union is taking strike action over our plans to improve customer service on board our trains. We are urging the Union to talk to us to try to find a resolution, but if the strike does happen there will be severe disruption, and those trains that do run will be very busy.
Please check our customer advice for the RMT Union strike page on the Southern website, which will be updated regularly with the latest travel information.
Currently, we have a high level of conductor sickness, which is causing ongoing disruption to Southern services. Please check our live information page for the latest information before travelling

Latest Information Regarding Strike Action

We maintain that this strike is totally unnecessary. Our plans propose to make our staff more accessible and more able to give better customer service to passengers on board our trains, by removing the need for them to close the doors. This is how 40% of Southern services operate already. No one will be made compulsorily redundant and no one will lose salary.We are pleased to confirm that next week’s strike has been postponed, however a new date has been announced for 18 May. While it would be good to think the RMT has changed its position, we believe they have taken this action after members rebelled at the prospect of losing a significant sum in pay and benefits due to the union calling three strike days in the same pay period.

We hope this additional time will offer the RMT the opportunity to pause and reflect on the impact their action is having on people and engage in meaningful discussions with us.

In Interests of Balance here are the views of the RMT

 Taken from the RMT Web Site

Southern Trains - Keep the Guard on the Train

Southern Trains plan to make their trains Driver Only Operation – RMT says Keep the Guard on the Train

Southern plans to abolish guards and introduce Driver Only Operated trains on nearly all their services through Surrey and Sussex. This is a threat to your safety and security.

If they get their way up to 400 Guards could lose jobs.
Driver Only Operation means the driver will be the only guaranteed member of staff on the train. The driver will be expected to drive the train and be responsible for passenger safety.

If you think that sounds unsafe then you’re right!
Currently, both the driver and the guard protect the safety of the train. Guards must be fully trained in operational safety and route knowledge, including being able to secure the doors safely, protecting the train and acting in emergencies such as derailments or fires.
Independent inquiries after train crashes and fatalities have consistently said that we need on-board staff trained in protection and evacuation procedure.
If there is an accident, antisocial behaviour, or even a terrorist attack, the guard can call for assistance and inform and reassure passengers.

It’s about profit instead of safety!
Southern will try and to tell you that advances in technology mean Driver Only Operated trains are safe and have worked elsewhere. But that’s because they want to save money so that the rail fat cats can keep making massive profits out of the privatised railway. GTR Southern is the largest private franchise in the UK raking in millions each year for its joint  owners Go-Ahead and French state owned operator Keolis.

A passenger was dragged along the platform and badly injured after her bag was trapped in the door of a Driver Only Operated train at Hayes and Harlington on 25 July 2015