Aslef drivers vote to end Southern dispute over driver-operated trains

Aslef drivers vote to end Southern dispute over driver-operated trains

On Wednesday, the Labour Court intervened following two 24-hour strikes in a week by Irish Rail workers.

Since April a year ago, the union and rail provider have been arguing over the role of driver-only trains.

The RMT's general secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT members stand solid, united and determined again this morning in the latest phase of strike action in a raft of separate disputes which are about putting safety, security and access to transport services before the profiteering of these rip-off private rail companies".

Drivers working for Southern Railways have voted by four-to-one to end the long-running dispute over staffing and working practices.

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Many services will not be affected, but others will be cancelled, replaced by buses or busier than normal.

Many passengers took to Twitter to vent their anger at the industrial action and disruption it was causing to their travel arrangements after many services were axed, while those that did operate encountered lengthy delays.

He said money should first be spent on safety, increasing line speed and buying more carriages to improve the service and respond to climate change.

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said in a letter that guards are vital for duties such as helping passengers who need assistance.

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Driver will be responsible for opening and closing train doors, with guards transferred to the role of the on-board supervisor.

Iarnrod Eireann, SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) have all accepted invites from the Labour Court to attend on Thursday for a hearing on the bitter pay wrangle and associated strike action.

'The independent rail regulator has said driver-controlled trains, which have been used in this country for more than 30 years, are safe'.

A Transport Department spokesperson accused the RMT of attempting to disrupt passengers as part of a "political game".

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Labor has already told the five rail operators that the party will halt any future plans to extend driver-only operations if it wins the next general election. Strikes making it hard to get around will be a "very visible" sign that things are not working as they should.

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