1. ITV Report

Southern Railway workers to stage new strike on April 4

Workers on Southern Railway are to stage a fresh strike in the bitter dispute over staffing and the role of conductors.

Members of the RMT union will walk out for 24 hours on April 4 making it the 31st day of strike action since the row began almost a year ago.

The announcement was made as members of the drivers' union Aslef started voting on a deal aimed at resolving their dispute over driver-only trains.

The RMT said it continued to press the company for a firm date for talks over the future role of the guard.

The union said that it would reconsider its action to allow for talks to take place.

RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access for nearly a year now and it is disgraceful that we have continued to be carved out of the talks process.

That is a kick in the teeth for our members. This dispute needs to be pushed forwards and RMT would be prepared to reconsider our action if we get a commitment to a firm date for genuine and meaningful talks.

– Mick Cash, RMT