Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Time to Sack Southern

Today, 12th October 2016, is the second day of the latest RMT union strike and Southern Rail strikes are being seriously affected – and there’s more planned between now and Christmas if an agreement isn’t reached:

  • Tuesday 18 October to Thursday 20 October
  • Thursday 3 November to Saturday 5 November
  • Tuesday 22 November and Wednesday 23 November
  • Tuesday 6 December to Thursday 8 December

Southern plan to abolish guards and introduce Driver Only Operated trains on nearly all their services through Surrey and Sussex and the RMT union believe this is a threat to our safety and security. Currently, both the driver and the guard protect the safety of the train. Guards must be fully trained in operational safety and route knowledge, including being able to secure the doors safely, protecting the train and acting in emergencies such as derailments or fires. Independent inquiries after train crashes and fatalities have consistently said that we need on-board staff trained in protection and evacuation procedure. If there is an accident, antisocial behaviour, or even a terrorist attack, the guard can call for assistance and inform and reassure passengers.

Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats want a safe and reliable railway operated by a company who support their staff to do the best job possible, so what have Southern got to gain from this lengthy industrial dispute which is causing untold misery to thousands of commuters?

Enough is enough and we’re supporting this petition to put more pressure on the Government to dump Southern Rail who cannot be trusted to deliver rail services any longer and hand over the contract to Transport For London.