Company - - Nov 30,2016
Southern Rail customers were stuck in a new confusion due to the fresh protests held by RMT union members.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) started a 48-hour strike from Tuesday midnight. This fresh strike is part of a long-running dispute over the role of conductors in trains. According to RMT, the walkout was rock solid and determined as they are forcing Southern Rail network government to back on the negotiating table. Southern Rail cautioned there commuters that, the facilities would be severely disrupted over the next two days with no trains running on several routes while a much less service frequency on other routes.
After this strike, some stations were left abandoned as Southern Rail commuters opted to find a different way to work. According to the operator, all train lines were disrupted with reduced services which were delayed up to 20 minutes. Another three-day strike by the RMT union members is planned for 6th December.
RMT is one of the fastest growing trade unions in Britain which covers a major part of the transport sector. The union announced some further strike dates against the Southern rail network:
Tuesday, 22 December 2016 to Saturday, 24 December 2016
Saturday, 31 December 2016 to Monday, 2 January 2017
RMT is fighting with Southern Rail’s owner, Govia Thameslink (GTR), on a plan to turn conductors into “on-board supervisors”, with train drivers holding over the responsibility for opening and closing the gates in trains.
Passengers who were stuck due to this mess, said that, they were worried by the dangerous overcrowding on stations and services that were running slow. The effects of this strike is going haywire and is expected to cause more damage in the coming days if a negotiation isn’t reached.