Southern Rail could be hit by yet another strike as union members hold ballot over ticket office closures

 
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And so it continues.

Ticket office and platform staff at Southern Rail's parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), are voting again on whether to go on strike.

This time the ballot is around a dispute over ticket office closures and job losses, the TSSA rail union said today.

Read more: Talks between Southern Rail and RMT break down

The news came as the bitter dispute between Southern and the RMT union continued. In the most recent development, talks broke down between the two sides, with GTR pledging to push forward with its modernisation agenda.

RMT members have announced strikes on a number of lines in recent weeks, including on Southern.

The decision by Southern to transfer control of doors to the driver – a concept familiar to millions of London Underground commuters – triggered the long-running dispute, which has caused staff sickness levels to soar. Controversially, only 393 guards were balloted on the strike action.

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