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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RMT: Southern strikes cost taxpayers £6 million

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Strikes at Southern have cost taxpayers sixty million pounds according to the RMT union.

Ticket money lost from not running a service is paid for by the Government under the Southern contract.

Unlike other franchises parent company GTR is paid a set fee to manage the company as part of a complex arrangement with the Government liable for additional profit and losses.

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The union say new clauses are also being added to other companies contracts that will mean losses for strikes will be compensated by the Government.

The RMT say it could mean more guards jobs being lost.

Southern says its plan is safe and will improve passenger service.

They insist it is not about job losses but changes to the role of guards.

They say 100 extra staff are being employed to help passengers on trains.

As with the Southern contract, the government is inserting clauses into new franchise agreements which will mean the tax payer will bankroll Teresa May’s war on the unions.

“It is absolutely scandalous that the public purse will be footing the bill for any industrial action taken against private rail companies. We also now know that that at the same time rail bosses are going to make over £1 billion implementing the government’s policy of getting rid of guards.

“It is clear that the Southern and other disputes are nothing to do with modernising our railway and everything to do with old fashioned union busting and cost cutting.”

– Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT

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