Southern latest – fines and union action

Southern has been forced to pay £13.4 million for its dismal performance over the past year. This money will mainly be spent on funding improvements for passengers which includes £4 million for 50 on board supervisors from January next year. At the same time, ASLEF have rejected a 23.8% pay increase which would have seen driver pay increase from £49,001 to £60,683 for a four-day, 35-hour week, meaning further strikes.

Before the latest strike action, Southern’s performance had seen improvement since the new year. The Public Performance Measure – which measures performance across train operators – reached 85% on Southern in May, compared to 62% in early December 2016. This figure can only improve further, if industrial action by the trade unions stops.

Performance can only improve if industrial action by the trade unions stops. I find it ludicrous that the union executive turned down a 23.8% pay increase for Southern and Gatwick Express drivers, without even putting the offer to their driver members.

I will be meeting with Govia’s Chief Executive Charles Horton in the coming weeks and will provide a further update. Please contact me if I can help further – sam@samgyimah.com