Southern Want Union Referendum On Offer

Southern Railway has urged union leaders to put its offer to a referendum to end the dispute over the role of conductors, saying a #2,000 lump sum is back on the table if they do.

The move came ahead of a fresh round of strikes, with members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union due to walk out for three days from midnight.

Southern said increasing numbers of staff were turning up for work during strikes.

Charles Horton, chief executive of Southern's owner, Govia Thameslink Railway, said: ``The RMT needs to reflect on the hardship, distress and frustration being experienced by our customers and employees. Everyone wants to see an end to this dispute, but it is clear that, as things stand, there is currently little prospect of a negotiated settlement between us, however much we've tried.

``There have been significant developments since the union tabled the original ballot to conductors over six months ago. In order to move things forward, I am asking to union to let conductors - the people at the heart of this matter - determine whether this dispute comes to an end or continues.

``Nearly a third of conductors are now coming in to work on strike days and we expect that to increase. There is a full and fair offer on the table and it's time to stop the strikes and move forward.''

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Jenni Falconer

6am - 9am

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Jenni Falconer

On TV: Heart Xmas Is Here!

4am - 10am

Watch heart TV

  • Elton John Step Into Christmas

    Now

    iTunes

  • Band Aid 30 Do They Know It's Christmas?

    07:58

    iTunes

  • Mariah Carey When Christmas Comes

    07:55

    iTunes

  • Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry

    07:53

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Shopping Our Advertisers

Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart 102.4 and 103.5

Advertise Advertise in Sussex

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter