South Western Railway strike suspended

South Western Railway Train 2 (Pat Sissons)

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 3:54pm 9th August 2018.

Industrial action on services running through Salisbury station, planned for this Saturday (August 11th), now won't be going ahead.

There have already been four days of industrial action over the last few weeks, with members of the RMT union walking out.

It's all been part of an ongoing row over the role of guards on trains and the possible introduction of driver-only services.

Another strike was expected to be taking place on Saturday (August 11th), but the union say they're suspending the action.

South Western Railway Train 1 (Pat Sissons)
There'll now be a normal train service running this Saturday

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

"RMT has continued to work hard to reach a negotiated settlement in the South Western Railway guards' safety dispute - and after a flurry of correspondence with the company this week our Executive has agreed to suspend this weekend's strike action to allow for further talks on the specific issue of the guard guarantee.

"The rest of our planned action remains on and the union remains committed to negotiating a settlement with SWR in line with other recent agreements with train operators that protects safety, security and access to services."

The strikes have led to major disruption on train services through Salisbury, Tisbury and Grateley stations on each of the days they've been held.

South Western Railway Strike Action July 2018
Picket lines have also been set up outside Salisbury stations during that strike action

In response, the train operator has released a statement:

"We are pleased for our passengers that this strike has been called off to allow further talks to take place. This means we will be running a full Saturday timetable on 11th August."

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