Southern Rail drivers are set to vote on strikes over pay, the company has announced.
Union Aslef plans to ballot Southern and Gatwick Express driver members for "the company’s failure to make a satisfactory offer in respect of the pay award", Southern said today.
The rail operator said the dispute referred to a 23.8 per cent pay award "that would, over four years, take a driver's base salary to £60,683 for the existing 35-hour, four-day week".
"People will be amazed the Aslef leadership has rejected such a significant pay offer for their members, especially as they have twice before accepted the extension of driver-controlled operation which has now been in place for over six months," a Southern spokesperson said.
"Aslef should now suspend the overtime ban due to start on 29 June, pending the result of this new ballot, because we won't be able keep our pay offer on the table if they press ahead with interim industrial action.
"This ballot is a real chance for drivers to end this dispute by showing they want to accept the 23.8 per cent pay offer and work with us to modernise the congested Southern network as updated infrastructure, trains and working practices provide the service passengers need and deserve."