ASLEF train drivers have rejected a proposed resolution to the long-running dispute with Southern Rail.
Driver members of the union employed by Southern – which operates the Uckfield Line – were asked: “Do you accept the proposed agreement on driver-only operation and related issues on GTR Southern services?”
The results were:
Yes: 346 [48.2%]
No: 372 [51.8%]
Papers despatched: 953
Papers returned: 718
Invalid papers: 0
Papers to be counted: 718
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF said: “We understand and support the decision arrived at in a democratic vote by our drivers and will now seek new talks with the company and work to deliver a resolution to this dispute in line with the expectations of our members.”
Andy Bindon of Govia Thameslink Railway, Southern’s parent company, said: “It’s a hugely disappointing outcome for our passengers, particularly as the agreement carried the full support and recommendation of the ASLEF leadership.
“We have shown a willingness and desire to find a solution to their dispute and we will now, once again, sit down with the union, understand the issues which led to this regrettable decision by the drivers and try and find a way forward to resolving it.”
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