SWR – Strike Action Announced


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Not yet three months into its franchise and SWR is facing its first strike action. The RMT rail union has confirmed strike action will go ahead on South Western Railway in early November alongside separate disputes with other train operating companies across the UK over Driver Only Operation.

Members on Southern, Greater Anglia, South Western Railways and Island Line have been instructed not to book on for any shifts between 00.01 hours on Wednesday 8th November and 23.59 hours on Thursday 9th November.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash claims the RMT Union has made every effort to reach negotiated settlements: “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.

“RMT is demanding that the Government lift the central blockade on talks, allow us to negotiate freely with their contractors and give us the opportunity to pursue the objective of a guard guarantee that puts British passenger safety before the rank exploitation of our rail network by overseas operators who are laughing all the way to the bank.“