Christmas rail misery for commuters as 27 days of strikes go ahead

21 November 2019, 07:45

South Western Railway
South Western Railway. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

27 days of rail strikes during December and on New Year's Day as part of a long-running dispute over train guards will go ahead, the RMT said.

A near month-long strike by rail workers is set to go ahead after talks failed to resolve a long-running dispute over guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on South Western Railway are due to strike for 27 days from December 2.

The action will cause huge disruption for commuters and Christmas shoppers.

SWR runs services to and from London Waterloo, the country's busiest station.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT has attended discussions under the auspices of ACAS for the past two days to discuss the issues in dispute. No proposals that would enable the development of a resolution to the dispute have been put forward by SWR.

"Throughout these ‎talks SWR have not shown any intention of moving the issues at the heart of the dispute forwards despite verbal assurances in earlier discussions. It has become increasingly clear that they are not interested in reaching a settlement at this time.

"As a result of the company attitude all planned action remains on and the union is committed to ensuring the safest possible method of operation. RMT will remain available for discussions with the company at any time.”

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