Talks aimed at averting Southern Railway strikes adjourned


Talks aimed at averting a five-day strike by workers on Southern Railway have been adjourned until tomorrow.

Officials from Southern's owners Govia Thameslink Railway met with the Rail, Maritime and Transport union under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas.

Two days of talks have been held to try to resolve a dispute over the role of conductors.

The union has called the five-day strike from Monday if the deadlocked row is not resolved.

There was little indication if any progress has been made.

The company is also facing the threat of industrial action by two other rail unions in separate disputes over ticket office closures and claims of a breakdown in industrial relations.