Southern Rail drivers to strike in row over pay

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Train drivers at Southern Rail have voted “overwhelmingly” for strike action, in a pay dispute with the firm.

ASLEF, the union for train drivers, said 91.4 per cent of its members who voted, opted for strike action.

And 95.3 per cent of members who voted said they would take part in industrial action short of a strike.

There was a turnout of 85.3 per cent.

The union is set to meet Southern Rail management tomorrow (May 21), in light of the ballot result.

This comes after Network Rail workers announced strike action, set to take place on Monday (May 25).

A Southern Rail spokeswoman said, “We are of course very disappointed that ASLEF has rejected our above inflation pay offer. We will be continuing discussions with union representatives with the aim of finding a resolution and avoiding action that will affect our passengers.”

Updates to follow.

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