Aslef drivers vote to end Southern dispute over driver-operated trains

Aslef drivers vote to end Southern dispute over driver-operated trains

Aslef drivers vote to end Southern dispute over driver-operated trains

"The agreement also confirms the terms and conditions under which our members at Southern are employed".

Unions had sought annual pay increases of about 3.75 per cent - similar to the rises secured by workers at Dublin Bus and Luas after strikes a year ago.

Aslef members backed the agreement, which includes a pay rise of 28.5% over five years.

Govia Thameslink Railway Chief Operating Officer Nick Brown said: "This dispute has been hard for our passengers in particular, and we are pleased that we can now move ahead and deliver stability by finally concluding this deal with ASLEF". Commuters have to decide whether they want to take their chances with the reduced services promised by the train companies.

Britain has faced its worst travel chaos in decades as rail staff staged a walk-out in protest over driver-only trains.

"Should, in certain circumstances, a train not have that second person on board then it will still be able to run until a replacement can be provided".

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A spokesperson for the Transport Department dismissed the strikes as part of the RMT's "political game", claiming "rail companies are keeping passengers moving with the large majority of services running as planned".

Talks between the two parties are due to take place on Thursday morning in a bid to end the industrial dispute that that has seen hundreds of thousands of rail users disrupted due to the strikes. "Avoiding cancellations is key to us delivering a resilient and reliable service across the busiest and most congested part of the United Kingdom rail network".

Meanwhile, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) today said that jobs will be lost across London Underground as a result of spending cuts, according to the London Evening Standard.

The letter said: "I remain concerned that in the event of a train evacuation, derailment or incapacitated driver, the absence of a guard to assist could leave passengers at risk".

"Driver-only operation has been operating safely for 32 years and now accounts for over a third of the United Kingdom rail network".

The row is over the introduction of new suburban trains which the union says are unsafe.

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