|Three Further Strike Dates Announced on South Western Trains|
In addition to New Year's Eve industrial action by RMT union members
The RMT union have announced a series of further strikes on South Western Railway services in January in addition to New Year’s Eve in the dispute over the requirement to have guards on all trains.
“It is frankly ludicrous that we have been able to negotiate long-term arrangements in Scotland and Wales that protect the guards and passenger safety but we are being denied the same opportunities with rail companies in England. This suspension of normal industrial relations by the employers has to end if we are to make progress towards a solution that guarantees safe rail travel for all.
Managing Director of South Western Railway said, "None of us wanted to be in this position, and we have repeatedly given the RMT assurances that we plan to keep the second person on all our trains. Despite these reassurances the RMT executive seems determined not to listen and is pressing ahead with these damaging strikes.
South Western Railway say they will run 75% of its trains during New Year's Eve RMT strikes - during the previous strike it managed 60%.
December 29, 2017