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Greater Anglia workers vote for strikes over guards and driver-only trains

The bitter dispute over the role of guards and driver-only trains has spread to a fifth rail operator after another vote for strikes.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on Greater Anglia backed industrial action by 9-1.

The union has staged a series of strikes on Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North, while workers on the new South Western Railway franchise are to be balloted for strikes over the same issue.

Greater Anglia have been given every opportunity to give a guarantee on the future role of the guards on their services. They have failed to do so and that left us with no alternative but to move to a ballot in the interests of rail safety. Our members have now voted by massive majorities for action and it's now down to the company to wake up and take note and to seize the opportunity to give us the very simple assurances on the future of the guards, and the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on current services.

– Mick Cash, RMT general secretary