Southern Rail: 'Our members didn't think GTR deal was good enough', says ASLEF union chief Tosh McDonald

Southern Rail: 'Our members didn't think GTR deal was good enough', says ASLEF union chief Tosh McDonald

Union members voted to reject a deal over the driver-only trains

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Union Chief of ASLEF has explained why the union voted to continue their dispute with the owners of Southern Rail. 

Union members rejected a deal which would have ended their long-running dispute with Govia Thameslink Railway over driver-only trains on Thursday. 

Under the terms of the agreement, the only time in which Southern Rail would have been able to run a driver-only train would have been under special circumstances.

Tosh McDonald, who manages ASLEF, explained why this happened in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer

He said: "The deal that was offered saw significant improvements.

"We put those improvements out to our members, because we’re a democratic union, and they weren’t happy because they didn’t feel there were enough safeguards.”

“What the deal had in it there would be a guaranteed second person on the trains, they’d recruit two people to supervise any jobs.

"Our members don’t believe that’s safe enough."

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