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GTR to meet TSSA at ACAS over Southern Rail safety

30 August 2016

TSSA will attend talks at conciliation service ACAS tomorrow (Wednesday 31 August) afternoon with Govia Thameslink in a further effort to head off the company's plans to close or downgrade more than 80 ticket offices with a loss of 40 jobs on the Southern Rail network.

The talks come ahead of the announcement on Friday of the results of the TSSA's strike ballot over GTR's proposals. Train drivers union Aslef, are also holding strike ballots and the RMT's ballot of station staff has returned a 70% majority in favour of strike action with strike action planned for September.

Said TSSA Organising Director, Lorraine Ward: "Govia Thameslink's management of Southern is running the service into the ground. It is clear to passengers and staff alike that to serve the public effectively and ensure a safe running of the service, Southern should not reduce current staffing levels.

"This is the largest and busiest franchise in the UK rail network and, up to now, the measures Govia are proposing will simply slash passenger and staff safety standards on this dangerously over-strained service.

"All unions have been resolute in standing firm in the face of this plan and we are now optimistic that Govia will be showing willing to abandon it at tomorrows talks."

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