Rail strikes continue

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 7:56 Author: Ollie Moore

Guards on Northern Rail struck on 26 March, as the RMT union began the latest round of action aimed at halting the imposition of “Driver Only Operation”.

Official Northern figures said they were able to run 50% of its timetabled service, but union sources say the company’s estimates are inflated.

RMT members on South Western Railway are also due to take action in the coming weeks, with a ban on rest day working planned for the Easter weekend. 

On Greater Anglia, RMT secured an 80% majority for strikes on an 80% turnout in a recent re-ballot, renewing the mandate for further strikes. On MerseyRail, the union is due to meet the employer for talks at conciliation service Acas to discuss a possible deal to retain a second member of staff on all trains. Questions remain as to whether the second staff member will be a safety-critical guard.

Meanwhile, strikes on London’s Docklands Light Railway are planned from 28-30 March and 20-24 April, in a dispute over the contractor Keolis Amey Dockland’s failure to respect agreements and procedures around rostering, health and safety, and training.

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