Southern conductors dispute back on
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.”