Gatwick Express strike ballot

Gatwick Express staff who are members of the rail union RMT are to be balloted for strike action.

The response from the union is due to increased automation at the gate line at Victoria and Gatwick stations that, according to the union, will have a detrimental impact on services and threaten jobs.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “Yet again this trade union is forced to ballot our members for action because a train operating company is threatening jobs in order to fatten up profits.

“Go-Ahead – which co-owns the Southern franchise – recorded an increase in rail profits of nearly 30% earlier this month raking off £48 million from the railways. They will also be looking forward to a whacking great increase in fares in January while slashing customer service by threatening to dump on-train staff through these automation proposals.

“With this week’s shocking rise in the unemployment figures, of course we will be doing all that we can within our power to defend our members jobs on Gatwick Express.”

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