27 DAYS of strikes on South Western Railway this December

27 DAYS of strikes on South Western Railway this December

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 3:37pm 5th November 2019. (Updated at 4:28pm 5th November 2019)

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The RMT union has announced more industrial action in an ongoing row over the roles of guards on trains.

Services on the South Western Railway network will be disrupted for all but four days in December.

The only days unaffected will be Sunday 1st December; Thursday 12th December - the day of the General Election; Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

But trains don't normally run on December 25th and 26th anyway, due to the festive holiday.

South Western Railway Train 2018
Train services will be disrupted on 27 days in total during December, with no services at all on a further two days at Christmas

The full details of the strike dates are: 

  • From 00:01 on Monday 2nd December until 23:59 on Wednesday 11th December
  • From 00:01 on Friday 13th December until 23:59 on Tuesday 24th December
  • From 00:01 on Friday 27th December until 23:59 on Wednesday 1st January 2020
Salisbury Railway Train Station
The scale of the disruption to trains through Salisbury station during December isn't fully known yet

WHY STRIKE? 

The RMT union has confirmed that the action's being called as 'South Western Railway dangled a potential breakthrough deal in front of the union and then failed to honour it, offering no reasons for the delay'.

They're against a proposed change to driver only trains, saying it would mean 'the role of the guard (being) butchered completely'.

South Western Railway Strike Action July 2018
Strike action has been ongoing in the row about the role of guards on SWR services for well over a year now

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

"Our members have been left with no choice but to call a further 27 days of strike action on South Western Railway.

"At the last meeting we held with SWR principles in agreements were made in good faith with the company's negotiating team and we now feel hugely let down again. As long as the company continues to refuse to give assurances on the future operational role of the guard we will remain in dispute.

"I want to congratulate our members on their continued resolve in their fight for safety and the role of the guard on SWR. It is wholly down to the management side that the core issue of the safety critical competencies and the role of the guard has not been agreed. The union remains available for talks."

South Western Railway hasn't responded to news of the strike action as yet.

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