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Talks continue to resolve bitter Southern Railway strike

Talks aimed at resolving the Southern Railway drivers' dispute will be continue at the conciliation service Acas on Thursday.

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Rail unions 'standing shoulder to shoulder'

The RMT union said that RMT drivers on Southern Rail are standing 'shoulder to shoulder' with their ASLEF colleagues during the strike.

This strike action is wholly the responsibility of a Government and a company that have sought to bulldoze through changes that are ill-conceived, finance-led and fraught with danger.

RMT remembers only too well the words of top Government transport official Peter Wilkinson who told Southern passengers he wanted a punch-up with the unions, that train drivers were muppets and that he would starve our members back to work.

That was the top Government rail official making it clear he was hell bent on confrontation and it is that position which has led us to today's shutdown.

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

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