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Warning: Southern strike could spread

18 May 2016

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes urges Southern to start listening to their staff

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, warned the dispute could spread today to involve ticket office staff facing job losses with the closure or partial closures of 81 offices.

"Our members are clearly upset and angry that the overwhelming public support for keeping these offices open has been ignored by Southern. Unless these proposals are scrapped, we could very soon find ourselves in dispute on this issue.

"If this is really about improving the service, the company must start listening to the people who know, passengers and staff, not the bean counters just concerned with higher profits."

"Southern passengers pay the highest fares and get the least punctual service. That is what needs fixing if we are talking about improvements."

The union represents 250 ticket office staff. Over 100 jobs are under threat.

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