South West Train at a platform

RMT cause further disruption to South West Trains

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have announced three more upcoming railway strikes.

These are to take place on Friday 22nd February, Saturday 9th March and Saturday 16th March 2019.

These are a continuation of last years strikes, resultant of their #KeepTheGuardOnTheTrain campaign.

They aim to make it a legal requirement to have a second safety critical person on board, and reduce the amount of driver only operations on trains.

The petition has over 28,000 signatures so far.

Today, the RMT press office issued a statement challenging South Western railway to give a yes or no answer to their campaign.

In this statement the RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said:

“Today I have issued a direct challenge to SWR – are you prepared to put an offer to this trade union giving an assurance that every train will run with a guard on board in addition to the driver.”

“It really is very simple, YES or NO?”

He continues: “We want no more playing with words, we want this company to be straight and honest with both their passengers and their staff and today they have the opportunity to do just that.  We await their response.”

This comes following the positive outcome of RMT’s recent talks with Northern Rail, in which they suspended their plans for strike action and continued their discussions about the future role of the conductor.

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