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Will a pay deal worth 28.5% end the Southern dispute?

Southern Rail drivers are to be balloted on a proposed deal to end their long-running dispute about driver-only trains, and a five-year pay deal worth 28.5%.

Leaders of the Aslef union are recommending that their members accept the deal, saying it guarantees a second, safety-trained, person on every train, except in "very exceptional" circumstances.

Two previous attempts by Aslef leaders to reach an agreement were rejected in ballots, but general secretary Mick Whelan said the new proposal offered a complete resolution to the 18-month-long dispute.

The RMT union has not been involved in the latest talks between Aslef and Southern's owners, Govia Thameslink Railway, and remains in dispute over the role of guards.

The proposed agreement on DOO means we will have a second safety-trained person on every train covered by this agreement except in exceptional circumstances. That person will have all the relevant safety competence including the skills to evacuate passengers in an emergency. The proposed agreement confirms and underpins the terms and conditions under which our members at Southern are employed.

– Mick Whelan, Aslef

We welcome the Aslef executive's endorsement of the proposals we have negotiated to resolve the dispute. We have concluded negotiations on pay, productivity and driver only operation in a package that will now be put to a referendum of Aslef members.

– Nick Brown, Govia Thameslink Railway