RMT Calls 27 Days of Strike Action


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The RMT Rail union has confirmed that a total of 27 days of strike action will take place in December on South Western Railway in a long-running dispute over the role of train guards on the network.

The unprecedented action comes with the union claiming the company “dangled a potential breakthrough deal in front of the union and then failed to honour it, offering no reasons for the delay.”

RMT members have now been instructed to take the following strike action:-

Not to book on for duty from 00:01 on Monday 2nd December 2019 until 23:59 on Wednesday 11th December

Not to book on for duty from 00:01 on Friday 13th December until 23:59 on Tuesday 24th December 2019

Not to book on duty from 00:01 on Friday 27th December 2019 until 23:59 on the 1st January 2020

There are no trains anyway on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so this means a straight run of strike action throughout Christmas and New Year. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says their members have been left with no choice but to call a further 27 days of strike action on South Western Railway.

“At the last meeting we held with SWR principles in agreements were made in good faith with the company’s negotiating team and we now feel hugely let down again. As long as the company continues to refuse to give assurances on the future operational role of the guard we will remain in dispute.”

He says he wants to congratulate RMT 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. The union remains available for talks.”