Southern rail strike enters second day – live
Thousands of commuters expected to be affected by five-day strike at troubled franchise
And more anger…
My daughter’s sleeping on a colleague’s floor this week; can’t get to work. Have they considered consequences? Seems not. #southernstrike
Commuters have also expressed their frustration or support on social media using the hashtag #southernstrike.
Yes there is disruption, But I’m pleased to support the striking workers #southernstrike
It’s not just who pushes the button. I was on a train with a man waving a cosh threatening to rape. Conductor called BTP #southernstrike
I AM ON A TRAIN! (Be it a packed, standing, somewhat smelly train, but still a train!) #southernstrike
No sympathy for #southernstrike workers. Unions are a nuisance and workers sacked for making people’s commute a misery. Get back to work
Had to get a super early train to work due to #Southernstrike which meant I couldn’t watch The Barefoot Contessa. I hate you all.
The BBC has spoken to some affected commuters at Three Bridges.
On Wednesday, striking rail workers are to stage a protest outside the Department for Transport amid claims that the government has put a “blockade” on talks to end the row, which would have prevented this week’s strikes. The RMT said a deal was being discussed based on an offer made last week by ScotRail in a similar dispute which led to strikes being suspended. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
RMT can confirm that we were within an inch of making progress towards boxing off a deal with Southern in Acas talks on Friday afternoon that was based on the offer from ScotRail, an offer that enabled us to suspend all industrial action in the ScotRail guards dispute.
We were just getting into the detailed wording when suddenly the plug was pulled and our legs were kicked from under us. We have it on good authority that the deal, which would have enabled us to suspend the Southern strike action this week, was sabotaged by the Government with their director of rail, Peter Wilkinson, directing operations from outside the talks.
Good morning. For a second day, commuter misery looms for thousands in the south-east, as the five-day Southern rail strike enters a second day.
The walkout is the result of a bitter dispute between Southern’s operator, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union over plans to change the role of conductors and other job changes, after talks at the mediation service Acas collapsed.
Source: Guardian Transport