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Dec
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Friday 16th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

TALKS between disgraced Southern Rail and drivers’ union Aslef collapsed yesterday, meaning workers will go ahead with a planned 24-hour strike today.

The two parties met for a second day at conciliation service Acas to try to break a deadlock over driver-only trains.

An Aslef spokesman confirmed that “no progress was made,” but that the “door remains open for future talks.”

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which owns Southern, said the company was “deeply disappointed” that Aslef had not accepted the proposal.

Chief operating officer Nick Brown claimed GTR had put a “practical offer” on the table on Wednesday for the union to consider overnight.

He accused the union of adopting an “entrenched” stance and pledged to “continue with our plans to modernise our railway.”




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