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Southern strikes: Commuters “losing jobs”

Employers are rejecting job applications from commuters who use Southern Railway, according to Nick Herbert, Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs.

He said: “One of my constituents had a vital new job offer withdrawn when the employer realised she would travel on Southern.”

The IT trainer wished to remain anonymous, but told Herbert: “They told me I couldn’t get an interview for the role because I’m on Southern. They said candidates are not going to the top of shortlists because we cannot get to work on time.”

Sir Nicholas Soames, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on Southern Railway, said people had complained of losing jobs and of not being able to get their children to school. He said there was “a mood of real anarchy” among passengers. 

  • For in-depth coverage of the Southern strikes, read RAIL 816, published on December 20. 
  • For more in-depth coverage of the Southern strikes, read RAIL 817, published on January 4.
  • For the Industry Insider analysis of the Southern strikes, read RAIL 817, published on January 4.
  • For analysis of the Southern strikes by Paul Clifton, read RAIL 818, published on January 18.

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