Southern Rail staff have defended criticism from passengers angered that there will be further strike action next week.
Train driver Alan explains, “We would like to point out this is not a strike, but a planned works outing to celebrate one of our colleagues birthdays”
“I’ve worked with Dave for 7 years” he continues “and a 48th birthday is a big deal. It’s only fair that we should be able to attend.”
“It would look suspicious if we all pulled a sickie, so this is the only other way round it.”
“We are sure once the public see our reasons for wanting a day off they will understand. We are not inconveniencing them for the sake of it.”