RMT calls for strikes on West Midlands Trains over Driver Only Operation

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West Midlands Trains strike action
Credit: RMT

RMT has announced that it has called strike action on West Midlands Trains over the Driver Only Operation dispute.

This has affected train operators around the country, including Greater Anglia and Northern.

If this strike action does go ahead, there may be disruption to services on the WMT network.

West Midlands Trains Senior Conductor, Senior Conductor Instructor and Train Driver members are instructed to not to book on for any shifts between:

  • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 16th November
  • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 23rd November
  • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 30th November
  • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 7th December
  • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 14th December
  • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 21st December
  • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 28th December
What did the officials say?

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;

“RMT has been left with no choice but to call strike action on West Midlands Trains in the face of the company’s refusal to pull back from their threat to bulldoze through Driver Only Operation and their attack on the safety critical role of the guard at the platform/train interface.

“We will not allow the drive for profit to override the core issue of safe and accessible services for all on West Midlands Trains and we stand firm on that very basic principle. We will never compromise on the issues of passenger safety and accessibility.

“The union remains available for talks.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. If they get rid of the guard.Who is responsible for the protection of the rear of the train.because the signalman is miles away from the incident ? Now they have demolished a lot of signal boxes.

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