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New strike threat at Southern

19 August 2016

TSSA began a strike ballot today at the troubled parent company of Southern Rail, GTR, over ticket office closures and job losses.

It is balloting over 250 ticket office and platform staff over plans to close or partially close over 80 ticket offices and axe over 40 staff. The result will be announced on September 2.

The drivers union Aslef, are also holding strike ballots at the largest franchise in the UK. RMT's ballot of station staff closed earlier in week with 70% in favour of strike action.

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, said: "We cannot stand by and allow GTR to reduce Southern Railway to a second class operation which is not fit for passengers and staff.

"Passengers have suffered enough over the past few months and it is now time for Chris Grayling to act. GTR should be stripped off this franchise and it should be handed over to the publicly run Transport for London as Sadiq Khan has suggested.

"Then we will have a publicly run franchise which will be operating in the public interest, not in the interest of private shareholders."

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