ANOTHER strike planned on South Western Railway

South Western Railway Train 2018

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:48am 7th December 2018.

The RMT union has called another day of industrial action to take place before Christmas.

The latest 24 hour strike is due on Saturday December 22nd, and follows months of issues on SWR services.

It's all part of a long running row over the role of guards on trains, the possibility of having driverless routes and the impact on safety.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has released a statement:

"South Western Railway continues to refuse to make any progress at all in resolving this dispute, which is about safety, security and access on services. The company is hell bent on opening up a loophole that would allow them to run services driver only at their discretion.

"Recent figures have shown a shocking surge in violence on our railways across the festive season and it is frankly appalling that South Western Railway are looking for a green light to throw the guard off their trains as and when they see fit in the name of profit.

South Western Railway Strike Action July 2018
RMT union members on strike during the summer

"SWR might think it's acceptable to play fast and loose with passenger safety, security and access but RMT members, who have stood firm throughout this dispute despite appalling harassment from the company, will not accept a dilution of the safety regime on the railway.

"There's a simple solution to this dispute and it means SWR stop playing with words and negotiate the guard guarantee that reflects the safety values of the agreements RMT has pinned down in other parts of the rail industry. The company should get out of the bunker and start talking with us seriously rather than sitting back and just hoping that the issues of safety, security and access will go away. They won't."

South Western Railway has described previous industrial action as 'unnecessary'.

They've also said a revised timetable for the strike day will be released nearer the time.

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