South West train services face more industrial action

PUBLISHED: 09:38 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:13 31 August 2018

Axminster Railway Station. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Axminster Railway Station. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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RMT planning another 72 hours of strikes over its dispute with SWR over the need for guards

Rail union RMT is beginning a 72 hour programme of industrial action on Friday (August 31), affecting South Western Railway services.

It is part of the on going dispute over the need for guards on their trains.

RMT members are being instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

* 00.01 hours on Friday and 23.59 on Saturday, September 1.

* 00.01 hours and 23.59 on Sunday, September 2

* 00.01 hours and 23.59 on Saturday, September 8.

* 00.01 hours and 23.59 on Saturday, September 15

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is angry and frustrated that the company’s cavalier and contemptuous approach to talks leaves us no option but to continue our programme of industrial action.

“We know that passengers will share that anger. There will be serious disruption throughout this weekend and the responsibility for that lays squarely with SWR and their Hong Kong and Aberdeen based paymasters who appear to have no interest in negotiating a settlement.

“RMT recently secured an agreement on Greater Anglia that enshrines the guard guarantee. Similar agreements have also been reached in Wales and Scotland. South Western Railway need to do the right thing and come to an agreement that secures a guard on their trains too.

“South Western Railway seem to think they can treat the union and their staff with utter contempt. They need to change that attitude, get serious and put a team in place that can talk with us with authority on the safety, security and access issues at the heart of this dispute.”

“We thank the public for their support and understanding throughout this dispute over rail safety and access and the union remains ready for genuine and serious talks.”

A South Western Railway Spokesperson said: “As the RMT persists with this unnecessary action on the final weekend of the summer holidays, we are working hard to keep customers moving and minimise disruption as much as possible.

“Customers should check before they travel and expect services to be much busier than normal.”

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