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RMT to join Aslef in August strike action

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The rail union, the RMT, has confirmed that its driver members on Southern Rail will join the Aslef union in strike action in August in the ongoing dispute about driver-only trains.

They say they're 'defending the role of the guard and the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on Southern services'.

The industrial action is scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday 1st August - 24 hours
  • Wednesday 2nd August - 24 hours
  • Friday 4th August - 24 hours
RMT union members protesting Credit: PA

Yet again today RMT is forced to send Southern Rail a clear message that we will not allow them to strip the railway of a safety critical second member of staff on these vital rail services."

“We have seen again this week the Government propping up the failed Southern Rail operation as they collude with the company to undermine the fundamental principles of safety and access."

“It is scandalous that neither Chris Grayling nor his contractors, GTR, have lifted a finger to get talks back on despite approaches from the union. This fiasco cannot be allowed to drag on any longer.”

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary


Four-day strike by BA cabin crew suspended

A planned four-day strike by British Airways cabin crew has been suspended to allow fresh talks to be held, according to union sources.

Strike suspended Credit: Press Association

Members of the Unite union were due to walk out on Friday in the latest action over a long-running pay dispute.

Talks will now be held at the conciliation service Acas.

It is understood that Unite is taking legal cases on behalf of 1,400 members who say their travel benefits have been taken away because of taking part in previous strikes.

The union says the so-called mixed fleet cabin crew, who joined BA since 2010, are on lower pay than other staff.

BA says mixed fleet cabin crew's pay and rewards are in line with cabin crew at competitor airlines.

New cabin crew in their first year working full time at British Airways will receive more than £21,000 based on pay, allowances, incentives and bonus, said the airline.

Report claims Southern strike costing economy £300m

A study by the University of Chichester claims that the ongoing dispute between Southern Rail and the RMT and ASLEF unions over changes to the role of conductors and drivers has cost the country £300 million pounds.

ITV Meridian presenter Fred Dinenage spoke to the report's author, Professor Dave Cooper.


Mum fears son could miss kidney op because of strike

Jakob undergoes dialysis treatment every day

The financial and personal costs of the Southern Rail dispute became clearer today, with estimates that each walkout costing the economy around 11 million pounds.

Today, there was another strike - by rail conductors - following three days of action last week - involving drivers.

There are plans for a 3-day walkout from New Year's Eve, and there's due to be a six-day long strike from the 9th of January 2017.

The family of 13-year-old Jakob Goodison who has kidney failure and needs specialist treatment in London are terrified he could miss out on a kidney transplant if an organ becomes available. His parents do not drive, so they have been spending hundreds of pounds on taxis to get to hospital on strike days. They are worried they would not be able to get to the hospital in time fpr an operation to take place. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are Jeni Goodison, Jakob's mother; Jakob himself; and Aidan Skinner, a rail commuter.

Autistic schoolboy says Southern delays threaten his education

Southern Rail services are at a standstill once again today in the final day of action by drivers this week.

It follows protests by commuters in London last night, after talks with the union ASLEF ended without agreement.

But workers aren't the only ones affected- Matthew Collett-Leslie has autism and is struggling to get to school and is concerned about his exams:

Southern strike resumes causing misery for rail passengers

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Hundreds of thousands of passengers face another day of strikes on Southern Rail.

They're being urged not to attempt to travel on Southern routes as drivers from the ASLEF Union walk out in the ongoing dispute over Driver Only Operation trains.

Talks between the union and Southern Rail ended yesterday at the conciliation service ACAS without reaching a compromise to end the industrial action.

The 24 hour strike on Friday follows a 48 hour strike which took place on Tuesday.

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