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Aslef union members reject deal with Southern Railway over driver-only trains

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Members of the Aslef union have rejected a deal aimed at ending a long-running dispute about driver-only trains on Southern Railway.

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The vote was 48.2% in favour of the proposed agreement, with 51.8% against, on a turnout of 75%.

We understand and support the decision arrived at in a democratic vote by our drivers and will now seek new talks with the company and work to deliver a resolution to this dispute in line with the expectations of our members.

– MICK WHELAN, GENERAL SECRETARY ASLEF

It's a hugely disappointing outcome for our passengers, particularly as the agreement carried the full support and recommendation of the Aslef leadership.

– ANDY BINDON, GOVIA THAMESLINK RAILWAY

Aslef leaders had recommended that the deal should be accepted, believing it is the best that can be achieved.