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Merseyrail will stage pre-Christmas strike

Workers on Merseyrail are to stage a pre-Christmas strike in a long-running dispute over the role of guards.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out for 24 hours on December 22.

The union said the row could be "easily resolved" if senior Merseyside Labour politicians followed national Labour Party policy and supported their safety-critical rail staff, instead of acting as "human shields for profiteering private rail companies".