MORE STRIKES planned on South Western Railway

South Western Railway Train 2018

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:57am 13th December 2018. (Updated at 5:04pm 13th December 2018)

Services through Salisbury station will be affected for a couple of days between Christmas and New Year.

The RMT union has announced two further strike dates as part of an ongoing row over the role of guards on trains.

Industrial action's planned for Thursday December 27th and Monday December 31st.

That follows a previously announced strike day on Saturday December 22nd.

RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash explains why they've called the action:

"South Western Railway stubbornly refuse to make any progress at all in resolving this dispute, which is about safety, security and access on South Western Railway. The company are 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.

"RMT remains available for genuine and meaningful talks."

South Western Railway Train 2018
There'll be more strikes on December 22nd, 27th and 31st

South Western Railway has released a statement about the ongoing industrial action:

"This action is totally unnecessary. We have guaranteed to roster a guard on every train, and we need more, not fewer guards – 70 more by May 2019 – and we have an opportunity with the introduction of the new suburban trains to operate these trains differently to maximise the customer benefits.

"The RMT is scaremongering by using crime in its statement. The number of crimes on the SWR network has reduced by nearly 6% since April. SWR’s team of 35 Rail Community Officers work on trains and at stations to prevent and detect crimes. They work closely with BTP officers to help reduce incidents on the network, engaging with customers and highlighting suspicious activity.

"Should this action go ahead, we will do everything we can to provide the best service possible for our customers."

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