PRM union workers vote on strike action

Workers at Gatwick are being balloted about strike action, the BBC reports.

Members of the Unite union, who are employed by The OCS Group and assist passengers with reduced mobility, will vote on strike action over a dispute about pay.

Union members will have from tomorrow, Thursday 23 February, until 9 March to vote.

Unite has warned of “significant strike action” if there is a yes vote.

Gatwick rail passengers face severe disruption this Christmas

If you’re planning to travel to Gatwick by train over the Christmas period do be aware you could face severe disruption due to industrial action planned by union members.

In addition to a current overtime ban by members of the ASLEF train drivers union, there will be strikes on the following days affecting Southern and Gatwick Express services:

  • Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 December – RMT conductors’ strike
  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December – ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike
  • Friday 16 December – ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike
  • Monday 19 to Tuesday 20 December – RMT conductors’ strike (previously planned for 22-24 December)
  • Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January – RMT conductors’ strike
  • Monday 9 to Saturday 14 January – ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike

Southern expects there will be no services operating on drivers’ strike days.

Although other operators’ services will not be affected, trains on these services are expected to be much busier.

The latest information can be found here:

Southern rail strike to affect trains to Gatwick

A five-day strike by the RMT Union will affect Southern Rail services from today, 8 August until Friday 12 August.

At least 40% of this week’s Southern services have been cancelled

Although Gatwick Express and Thameslink train services are expected to operate as normal – with an amended timetable – anyone travelling to Gatwick is advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journey.

Southern Train conductors set to strike tomorrow, 26 April

Travelling by train to Gatwick tomorrow? Then be aware that members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will stage a 24-hour strike from 11am, 26 April.

This is the first of three one-day strikes called in response to Govia Thameslink Railway’s decision to introduce Driver Only Operation (DOO) on all Southern trains, which the union says threatens jobs, conditions and public safety.

Although the strike will affect Southern train services, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services are expected to be extremely busy and may not stop at all normal destinations.

Two other 24-hour strikes are planned for the same time on 10 and 12 May.

For the latest, up-to-date information on the strike action visit the Southern Trains website.

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.”