Southern Rail workers balloted for strike action

Rail Union RMT is beginning to ballot almost 400 Southern Rail conductors on strike action.

The ballot was announced after the union and rail operator failed to reach agreement over a number of issues including: rostering issues, and abuse of the Conductors Restructuring Agreement.

The ballot closes on December 15 with the union being required to give seven days’ notice for strike action.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The staffing shortages on Southern are a disgrace. This is a vital and lucrative franchise where commuters pay thousands of pounds a year to travel on services that are chronically under-staffed and RMT members have had enough of it.
 
“We have no option now but to ballot for action in the run up to Christmas. This union will not sit back while staffing levels are pared to the bone and our members run ragged solely in the interests of private company profits.
 
“We will be explaining to the travelling public, who are also the victims of this corner-cutting policy, why we are being forced down this road and we will be asking them to assist us in putting pressure on the company. RMT remains available for talks.”

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