Socialist Worker

Southern rail bosses put brakes on dispute

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2511

The Tory government is allowing Southern Rail bosses to launch a new timetable with 350 less services a day.

It is yet more evidence that Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Southern’s parent company, can do no wrong in the Department for Transport’s (DfT) eyes.

The firm has a preferential contract with DfT where it can cancel thousands of trains without facing sanctions.

The Aslef rail union hit back at Tory David Cameron for condemning Southern train drivers for “industrial action”.

Cameron knows fine well that drivers have not been taking industrial action.

Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said Cameron was “deliberately spreading a falsehood to help his friends who are failing passengers every day by delivering a dismal service”.

He said the DfT is “turning a blind eye” to the problems because “their fingerprints are all over the plans to introduce driver only operation”.

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