Southern has issued its bleakest warning yet, as a series of industrial actions threaten to disrupt services 'significantly' in the runup to Christmas, describing the forthcoming walkouts as 'wholly unnecessary and unjustified'. The RMT, on the other hand has called for 'this basket case of a franchise' to be terminated. An indefinite overtime ban by ASLEF drivers starts tomorrow, coinciding with the first of three days of strikes by RMT conductors in the continuing driver-only operation dispute.
Drivers on Southern belonging to ASLEF are to stage their first strikes in the DOO dispute, including a week-long walkout in the New Year. Govia Thameslink Railway has warned that the new stoppages will have a 'devastating impact' on the economy in the south east of England, while ASLEF's general secretary said he saw 'the DfT's fingerprints all over this dispute'.
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