Rail workers vote to strike

Guards on London Overground have voted for strike action in a row over jobs. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union backed walkouts by 9-1 as part of a campaign against cuts.

London Overground strike statement

London Overground has released a statement, following news that the RMT union is planning a series of strikes in protest at the removal of guards from its trains.

We are disappointed by the result of the ballot, but would highlight that fewer than half of our 124 conductors voted, and only 43% of those voted in favour of industrial action.

We believe industrial action is unnecessary. LOROL continues to give the RMT assurances on employing conductors in alternative customer service roles and offering a generous voluntary redundancy package to those who want it.

We urge the RMT to work with us to maintain progress in safeguarding jobs and avoid disruption to passengers.If industrial action goes ahead on Sunday August 25th and Monday August 26th we believe we will still be able to run a regular service on the majority of the London Overground network with alternative arrangements for the routes affected. We will update our customers when we have more information.

– Peter Austin, London Overground managing director

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Fewer than half of conductors voted

Peter Austin, managing director for London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), said:

"We are disappointed by the result of the ballot, but would highlight that fewer than half of our 124 conductors voted, and only 43% of those voted in favour of industrial action.

"We believe industrial action is unnecessary. LOROL continues to give the RMT assurances on employing conductors in alternative customer service roles and offering a generous voluntary redundancy package to those who want it.

"We urge the RMT to work with us to maintain progress in safeguarding jobs and avoid disruption to passengers."

Overground guards back walk-out

Guards on London Overground have voted for strike action in a row over jobs. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union backed walkouts by 9-1 as part of a campaign against cuts.

The union said 130 guards' jobs face being axed under plans to introduce driver-only operations on the network.

General secretary Bob Crow said:

"RMT have sent out a clear message in this ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike on London Overground over the appalling, cash-driven assault on our guards members and the absolutely essential role that they play.

"These are the very same staff who have been praised for safely evacuating passengers from emergency situations and who are the eyes and ears of the service at a time of growing violence and thefts on our trains."