Guards vote to continue strikes

Submitted by SJW on 11 September, 2018 - 9:57 Author: Ollie Moore

Guards on South Western Railway have voted by 88% to continue their industrial action, aimed at preventing the imposition of “Driver Only Operation”.

Unions are required to regularly re-ballot in ongoing industrial disputes; the majority represents an increased mandate for strikes. 

South Western is one of several companies attempting to remove safety-critical guards from its services. Workers struck most recently on 8 September, alongside guards on Northern. 

Guards on Southern, Mersey Rail, and Greater Anglia have also taken action recently, as part of a national RMT campaign to defend the role of the guard. 

On Mersey Rail, the union and the company recently reached an “agreement in principle” that all trains will have a second member of staff on them when the company’s new fleet is launched in 2021.

A joint statement said “additional funding will now need to generated” to finance the second staff member. 

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