RMT Ballots Members For Possible Southeastern Strike

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 89 months ago
RMT Ballots Members For Possible Southeastern Strike

As if passengers on Southeastern haven't suffered enough with snow-borked trains, the RMT have announced they're balloting staff on strike action over job cuts. The TOC plans to cut team leader posts at Charing Cross and Victoria or redeploy them from despatching trains to cover other duties.

Anyone who travels on Southeastern could tell you that more staff cuts are the last thing the service needs - but these changes were implemented at Cannon Street and London Bridge on Sunday without any hoo-hah from the union. We've not been through those stations since the weekend; anyone notice a difference?

Gateline, train despatch and helpline staff are being balloted on strike action and 'action short of a strike' until 4th January. We think highlighting staffing cuts is a good idea (our Southeastern hero, @Train_Driver, revealed there are fewer guards and cover drivers from this week) but for the sake of all weary commuters in Kent and South East London - please, no strike?

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Last Updated 08 December 2010


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How much more does the public have to endure? I am going to use an outpost of Southeastern's crumbling network as an example - the Kent coastal town of Deal. Since the introduction of the flagship highspeed service, empty trains have passed through the town’s station without stopping whilst existing mainline services have been reduced and service levels have deteriorated. Pleas to Southeastern to extend the highspeed service to Deal and improve the town’s links to London have been ignored. From December 12th Southeastern will introduce a new timetable which will further increase London journey times. In January the cost of all peak fares from Deal will increase by 12.8%. Last week’s snow resulted in a collapse of rail services to the Kent coast and a passenger information meltdown and now we have the potential of strike disruption.