South Western Railway strike action set to go ahead

South Western Railway
Credit: RMT

RMT has announced that strike action in the dispute over the role of guards on the South Western Railway will go ahead as planned.

This announcement follows on from ACAS and RMT talks and means that the South Western Railway strike action will go ahead.

The train operator and union are in dispute about the role of a guard on trains.

This dispute also involves the rollout of Driver Only Operation – where the train driver will operate the doors and will be responsible for the train.

What did the officials say?

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;

“RMT has attended discussions under the auspices of ACAS for the past two days to discuss the issues in dispute. No proposals that would enable the development of a resolution to the dispute have been put forward by SWR.

“Throughout these ‎talks SWR have not shown any intention of moving the issues at the heart of the dispute forwards despite verbal assurances in earlier discussions. It has become increasingly clear that they are not interested in reaching a settlement at this time.

“As a result of the company attitude all planned action remains on and the union is committed to ensuring the safest possible method of operation. RMT will remain available for discussions with the company at any time.”

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