Talks aimed at averting a series of strikes on the troubled Southern rail network have collapsed, signalling fresh misery for commuters from next week. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has been fighting a bitter battle with the rail services owner, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), over proposed changes to the role of conductors. Three hours of last-ditch talks at GTRs headquarters in the City of London yielded no agreement, with both sides issuing scathing communiques blaming the other for the impasse. A series of strikes will be held, starting with a three-day walkout next Tuesday, extending a six-month standoff.
Workers to walk out for three days next Tuesday after RMT unions talks with Govia Thameslink fail to resolve dispute