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More disruption ahead for rail passengers

Members of the RMT union on Arriva Rail North will strike next month Credit: ITV News

Rail passengers in the North West face fresh disruption after more strikes were called in the long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on Arriva Rail North will strike for 24 hours on May 9 and again on May 11, 14, 16 and 18 just on SWR.

The announcement was made at a protest in Westminster to mark the second anniversary of the dispute, which started on Southern Railway.

No fresh walkouts were announced on Merseyrail, where talks are being held to try to break the deadlocked row.

Hundreds of RMT members, disability campaigners and passengers joined the Westminster demonstration, which was followed by a lobby of MPs.

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Civil service walkout to hit workplaces this afternoon

PCS members are set to take part in a walkout this afternoon Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A walkout by Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members is set to hit workplaces across the UK this afternoon.

Starting at 1pm, PCS members will take part in a half-day strike to tie in with a three month campaign over pay and pension disputes.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "These walkouts, following our strike on budget day, are part of an ongoing campaign of industrial action and protests to put pressure on a government that is refusing to even talk to us.

"We have asked for talks but ministers and senior officials have refused, so we are taking action to oppose and shine a light on what are deeply unfair and unnecessary cuts to the living standards of hard-working public servants."

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