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Four day strike on South Western Railway announced

Four day strike on South Western Railway announced

Published by Lucinda Horsley at 12:20pm 16th August 2019. (Updated at 12:39pm 16th August 2019)

A four day strike on South Western Railway has been announced for the end of this month.

RMT union members say they will walk out for four days from Friday 30th August until Monday 2nd September. 

The industrial action is taking place in an unresolved row over the role of guards on trains. 

The RMT has accused the company of deliberately trying to "mug off staff", who have stood firm in the fight for rail safety, by making a mockery of the talks process.
 
Back in February – after a long and hard fight by RMT members – the train company pledged that “each passenger train shall operate with a guard with safety critical competencies.”

'Our members are being mugged off'

 RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;

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

"They are angry and frustrated that SWR have kicked talks into the long grass and failed to bolt down an agreement that will guarantee the role of the guard on the train. Our members believe that they are being mugged off by the company in protracted talks and I think they are right.
 
“The company continues to refuse to give assurances on the future operational role of the guard fuelling fears amongst our members of a stitch up. That situation has been compounded by an insistence that future operational models will be governed by the protection of company profits and not the safety of the travelling public.
 
“We have spent most of this year trying to negotiate a conclusion to this 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."

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