Passengers on Southern rail routes look set for more disruption, with the UK’s largest rail union having announced strike dates for December and January.

The action by Aslef – which is separate to that already being taken by the RMT union – is part of the long-running dispute over the introduction of driver-only Southern services.

Aslef says its drivers will strike on the following dates:

  • Tuesday December 13 and Wednesday December 14
  • Friday December 16
  • Monday January 9 to Saturday January 14

Aslef also says that “drivers will not work any non-contractual work from Tuesday December 6”.

Meanwhile the RMT union is also set to stage further strikes on Southern services, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday December 6 to Thursday December 8
  • Thursday December 22 to Saturday December 24
  • Saturday December 31 to Monday January 2

Aslef’s general secretary Mick Whelan said:

“We have done our level best to try and reach a sensible, workable compromise with Southern in the interests of passengers as well as staff.

“We have always been happy to talk to the company, and we have always believed it is, or should be, possible to do a deal – as we did with ScotRail in Scotland –­ but it takes two to tango and the company has not been prepared to negotiate.

The company – and I see the DfT’s fingerprints all over this dispute, it’s as if the DfT is the ventriloquist and Southern the ventroliquist’s dummy – doesn’t want to talk, it wants to bully; it doesn’t want to discuss, it wants to impose. Because it doesn’t care about passenger safety, only about profits for shareholders.”

southernrailway.com, aslef.org.uk