Southern Rail Strike: ASLEF members say strikes are in best interest of commuters

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Rail Strikes by members of ASLEF are under-way with the first of six-day disruptions causing havoc to over 300,000 commuters per day.

The strikes are being held on 10, 11, 13, 24, 25 and 27 January.

ASLEF union members picketing outside Brighton Station today wanted customers to understand that they were ‘not getting paid for the strikes’ and that they ‘sympathise with the commuters who are being affected’ by the dispute with Southern.

The ASLEF strike action is part of their long-running dispute with Southern Rail over driver-only operated (DOO) trains, which they claim is a safety risk to passengers saying that their main concern is ‘safeguarding customers’. One driver described how a disabled passenger was stuck on a train missing their stop due to a lack of on-board assistance with ramps as a result of the train conductor getting off his shift two stops before hers.

Today members of the ASLEF union were repeatedly mentioning the word ‘propaganda’, with one anonymous member stating that ‘ASLEF was not invited to speak’ at the ‘Southern Crisis’ debate on BBC last night, despite representing nearly 1,000 Southern drivers.

No Southern representatives were available for a response.

• For any travel advice head to the Southern Railway website at http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike/aslef-strike/.  

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