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 Post subject: Christmas rail strikes announced by two rail companies
PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:05 pm 
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"RMT workers at Greater Anglia will go on strike on 27 December and South Western Railway staff will walkout on New Year's Eve

Workers at two rail companies are set to strike over the Christmas period in a dispute over "guards and safety".

Members of the RMT union employed by Greater Anglia are poised to walk out for 24 hours on 27 December, while those employed by South Western Railway will do the same on 31 December.

It comes after a meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and the rail minister Paul Maynard on Tuesday.

Rail Minister Paul Maynard accused the RMT of wanting to "play Scrooge".

South Western Railway said it would put "contingency plans" in place should the strikes go ahead.

Greater Anglia said it hoped to run a "revised Christmas service" that had already been put in place and said it would be going ahead with previously planned talks with the RMT on Thursday.

South Western Railway said it was "extremely disappointed" by the strikes

The union said it had received "contradictory messages, confusion and lack of clarity" from the meeting.

The RMT said it was told in the meeting the government was "not opposed to a second person on a train".

But Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: "Within an hour of that meeting I received letter from Chris Grayling asking the union to accept the principle of driver-only operation."

Richard Dean, train service delivery director at Greater Anglia, said: "We value our conductors highly. We have guaranteed their jobs until the end of the franchise in October 2025.

"In fact, we will be recruiting additional conductors, as we are replacing all of our trains with brand new trains from 2019, which will enable us to run more services.""


Sounds like "Left Hand - Right Hand" to me

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