Southern rail and RMT chiefs agree to face-to-face talks over strikes
Union calls for talks after franchise owner apparently pledges a second staff member on all trains with a conductor, a sticking point in dispute
The boss of Southern rail and the general secretary of the RMT have agreed to hold face-to-face talks on Wednesday in an effort to break the deadlock in the long-running dispute on Britain’s worst-performing rail network.
Passengers suffered fresh disruption on Tuesday, the first day of a series of three-day strikes, as overrunning engineering works on the Brighton mainline compounded problems for commuters. Rush-hour trains from the south coast were cancelled or delayed by up to an hour, with only about three in five trains on the normal timetable scheduled to run for the rest of the day.
Source: Guardian Transport