RMT workers strike at Cumbrian railway stations

Union workers are taking strike action at Carlisle and Workington stations, to protest against changes to the roles of guards and drivers.

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RMT warns of railway 'crime surge'

Services at Carlisle station are affected. Credit: ITV Border

RMT workers are striking at Carlisle and Workington railway stations today, in a dispute over the removal of guards from some passenger services.

Northern services between Carlisle, and Newcastle and West Cumbria are affected.

The union has warned that axing guards will lead to "surge in crime" on services in Cumbria.

Removing staff from trains, which will travel through over 300 unstaffed stations, is a toxic combination that will increase anti-social behaviour and and unleash a surge in crime which will see Northern rail becoming a muggers' paradise.

The public are right to be concerned and that is why they are backing RMT's fight for the guarantee of a guard on Northern trains.

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

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