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ACTION TAKEN: Rail union strike action will affect Saturdays until new year

 Published on: 13th November 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Saturday train services to and from Euston will run at a ‘seriously reduced service’ following strike action by a rail workers union.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has today (November 13) announced it has planned strikes for November 16, 23 and 30, and December 7, 14, 21 and 28 on West Midland Trains.

This will affect London Northwestern services on the network.

The union says it is striking over plans to give the role of controlling the opening and closing of doors to drivers, even though there are no plans to remove the role of the train guard.

Senior conductor, senior conductor instructor and train driver members have been instructed to not to book shifts on the previously mentioned dates.

The Conservative candidate for Hertsmere and MP between 2015 and 2019, Oliver Dowden CBE, has condemned the action.

He said “These strikes are unnecessary, unjust and deeply unfair on passengers and I’m calling on the RMT to rule them out today.  They are plainly not about safety or jobs, the strikes are about causing maximum disruption for commuters, shoppers and people trying to get out and about to see friends and family at Christmas.

“This is a timely reminder of the risks of a Corbyn government which would give a green light to strikes however negligible the reason and whatever the impact on normal peoples’ lives.”

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT strike action on West Midlands Trains goes ahead as planned from this Saturday in the face of the company’s refusal to pull back from their threat to bulldoze through Driver Only Operation and their attack on the safety critical role of the guard at the platform/train interface.

“The inevitable and serious disruption to services will be wholly down to the company and their refusal to agree to the safest possible means of operation.

“We will not allow the drive for profit to override the core issue of safe and accessible services for all on West Midlands Trains and we stand firm on that very basic principle. We will never compromise on the issues of passenger safety and accessibility.

“The union remains available for talks.”

A spokesperson for London Northwestern Railway said: “We are working very hard to resolve the dispute with the RMT Union – please note the affected dates could change at the last minute, so check your journey again before you travel.”

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