After the short lived promise of an end, at least, to some of the long running disputes between Southern Rail, its drivers and guards we are back to square one, if not further back than that.
It was hoped that at least the drivers’ union Aslef would resolve its issues with Southern. But members rejected a deal that would have meant Southern would have been able to run trains without a guard or an on-board supervisor under certain circumstances.
The bitter and long running dispute galvanised Eastbourne businesses to take to the streets last week to express their frustration, warning the disruption to services was threatening to the region’s economy.
It is estimated the disruption has already cost the region £300 million and was now endangering the local economy.
In common with other Chambers we are not pointing the finger at anyone but strongly urge Southern, the unions and government to recognise the damage this is causing and call on them to resolve this dispute urgently.
Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if your business is being affected by this dispute so that we can help lobby on your behalf.
Driving down the cost of energy, improving energy efficiency and productivity should be a priority for all businesses. LoCASE (Low Carbon in the South East) is now available to support businesses across East Sussex improve their carbon efficiency through a programme of grants and green business audits.
Lorraine Bell from the University of Brighton joins us on 30th March to tell us about this programme and how to access grants of up to £10,000 towards improvements, such as new lighting and heating systems, equipment, software and more.
To book your place simply visit www.hastingschamber.co.uk/events