A mid-evening train at London Bridge waiting to leave for Uckfield

Train drivers’ union and owners of Southern Rail reach new agreement

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), parent company of Southern Railway, and ASLEF today announced they have agreed new terms to settle their dispute.

According to a press release the agreement will now be put to ASLEF members in Southern in a referendum, with a recommendation from the union’s Executive to accept.  Subject to securing the support of ASLEF members, the dispute between the union and Southern will be over.

The last time talks between the union and company reached this stage the agreement was rejected by members in a ballot.

Mick Whelan, General Secretary of ASLEF, said: “ASLEF members now have the opportunity to decide on the new terms of the agreed resolution with GTR Southern.

“This agreement has the full support of the negotiating team and the executive committee, and offers solutions to our concerns, as well as restoring the confidence of all parties, and the travelling public”.

GTR Director Andy Bindon said: “We’ve had constructive talks with ASLEF and we’re pleased we’ve been able to secure a recommended deal, subject to approval from its members, to end their dispute.

“It’s been an extraordinarily difficult period for passengers, staff and the regional economy and we are glad we’ve found a way to move forward together.  We look forward to restoring good industrial relations with ASLEF”.

The result of the referendum will be known on April 3. Until then, GTR and ASLEF have said they intend to make no further statements.

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