United Kingdom - Agreement over driver-only trains rejected - February 28, 2017

A proposed resolution between Southern rail and the train drivers’ trade union Aslef to end their dispute over driver-only operated (DOO) trains has been rejected by the membership. Aslef had conceded a key principle that a train can run in certain circumstances with only a driver on board. On the other hand, GTR had reiterated an earlier offer – also made to trade union RMT – to always roster a second, safety-trained crew member but with conditions where they could operate trains without them if necessary. A series of strikes by drivers had brought trains to a halt, while an overtime ban closed branch lines and severely disrupted services from early December until talks began. Aslef said that it will try to find a solution in line with the members’ expectations. The dispute with the RMT also continues. Trade union RMT, which represents conductors, who have been rebranded as on-board supervisors, was not involved in the talks.

English: http://www.aslef.org.uk/article.php?group_id=5345

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/02/southern-rail-deal-reached-to-end-strikes-over-driver-only-trains   

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