South­ern con­duc­tors dis­pute back on

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

The five-day strike by 300 con­duc­tors be­long­ing to the RMT union was halted af­ter three days to en­able talks to re­sume ( RAIL 807).

South­ern had can­celled more than 900 ser­vices a day dur­ing the strike, around 47% of its nor­mal timetable.

But af­ter less than a day and a half of talks at the in­de­pen­dent con­cil­i­a­tion ser­vice ACAS, the two sides parted with­out agree­ment and with no fur­ther dis­cus­sions planned.

GTR said it will now push ahead with plans to in­tro­duce the new grade of On Board Su­per­vi­sor (OBS). Rev­enue Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cers will trans­fer first, start­ing from Au­gust 21. Con­duc­tors will be moved across in­cre­men­tally dur­ing the au­tumn.

Con­duc­tors will have their ex­ist­ing con­tracts ter­mi­nated, and at the same time be of­fered new OBS posts on the same rates of pay. Con­duc­tors will then have to choose whether to ac­cept the new job or to leave GTR em­ploy­ment.

“We have been talk­ing to the union for nine months now and, de­spite sev­eral visits to ACAS, the union won’t agree a deal,” said GTR Pas­sen­ger Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Angie Doll.

“We are guar­an­tee­ing jobs, pay and a sec­ond per­son on as many trains as we do to­day, and also of­fered to work with the RMT to agree mod­ern work­ing prac­tices to re­duce can­cel­la­tions and pas­sen­ger dis­rup­tion.”

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