Southern Rail services halted for three days by strike

ASLEF drivers' strike action is halting Southern services on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th January.

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Southern describes strike action as 'pointless'

This is a cynical ploy to minimise the impact on Aslef's drivers' pay packets and maximises misery, disruption and hardship for passengers.

Aslef's move shows pure contempt for the travelling public and it still causes massive disruption over next week.

These strikes are pointless and they should call the whole thing off and let common sense prevail."

– Southern spokesperson

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Further strike action 'likely'

ASLEF warns of further strike action Credit: PA

ASLEF's General Secretary Mick Whelan has warned that there is a "likelihood" that further strike action will be called.

Mr Whelan said a meeting will be held later this month to determine the next steps.

The union has reduced next week's strike dates from six to three because of public concern about the impact of a week-long halt to services.

Overtime is currently banned by the union which has affected services daily, leading to cancellations and delays.

The ban means there is currently a 25% shortage of drivers on Southern which explains the impact on services.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union is also involved in a dispute with Southern over the changes to the role of conductors which has also led to strike action.

Southern rail strike cut to three days

The six-day strike has been cut to three Credit: PA

A six-day strike by Southern Rail drivers scheduled for next week has been cut to three days.

Members of the ASLEF union were due to walk out for the entire week from midnight on Sunday in a bitter dispute over driver-only trains.

Strike days will now be held on the 10th, 11th and 13th January.

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