The Southern Strike: Who’s side are you on?

By | 15th January 2017

A few days ago I posted about the misery that is commuting from the south of England, given the atrocious services and continued industrial action by the RMT and ASLEF. Now it’s been announced the next set of strike days fall on Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th January with another day planned on Friday 27th.

I do believe that workers should fight for their rights and corporations need to be held to account for their actions, however the planning of strike days by the RMT and ASLEF has been particularly mean and focuses on disrupting the commuting public with the majority of the weeks journeys now thrown into the unknown. Those who work 9-5, Monday-Friday and rely on the Southern services to get them to work are well and truly up a creek now. The unions are already facing backlash from the public, who once sided with them, over the continued and well-calculated strike dates that have been planned to cause as much disruption as possible. In a BBC forum show last week, the unions failed to respond to key questions about what the cause for the industrial action was, given that the latest deal by Southern allegedly offers job security until at least 2021 for on-board staff. So are they now just fighting for the safety of passengers?

If you use Southern trains to commute to and from work, please let me know your stories in the comments below. Is it fair the unions strike midweek?

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