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Seconds union announces strike action on the railways


A Southern Railway service. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

TRAIN passengers are facing yet more disruption with the announcement of another strike by guards on Southern Rail.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out for 24 hours on August 1.

This coincides with strike action by Aslef train drivers on August 1, 2 and 4.

The RMT has been involved in a bitter dispute with train bosses for more than a year over the introduction of driver-only trains on the company’s routes.

The union’s National Executive Committee said it was taking further action due to the “total failure” of both the Government and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to make any moves to resolve the dispute.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Neither Chris Grayling and his Government, nor his contractors GTR, have lifted a finger to resolve this long running dispute despite approaches from the union.

“So yet again today RMT is forced to take action and send Southern Rail a clear message that we will not allow them to strip the railway of a safety critical second member of staff on these vital rail services.

“RMT has a clear plan for resolving this dispute but that requires talks and it requires talks now.

“This fiasco cannot be allowed to drag on any longer.”

The RMT paid tribute to its members for standing firm.

Source: The Argus