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South Western Railway strike before Christmas

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Published by Carol Musgrave at 12:24pm 7th December 2018.

Workers on South Western Railway are to strike on the Saturday before Christmas Day.

Members of the RMT union are planning to walk out for 24 hours on December 22 - causing travel misery for Christmas shoppers.

The action is part of an ongoing row over the role of guards on trains.

It comes after strikes in October and November.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:

"South Western Railway continues to refuse to resolving this dispute, which is about safety, security and access while the company look to open up a loophole that would allow them to run driver-only services at their discretion.

"Recent figures have shown a shocking a surge in violence on our railways. 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.

The operator has called previous action in the dispute "unnecessary."

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