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Two more strike days for Northern Rail as driver-only trains row escalates

The RMT union has announced a further two days of strike action on Arriva Rail North.

They will go ahead on Tuesday 3rd October and Thursday 5th October as part of a long-running dispute over plans to introduce driver-only trains.

The dispute concerns the removal of guards from some services. Credit: PA

The RMT claims that the rail company is refusing to reconsider its plans to remove guards form around half of their services, which the union describes as:

'The latest act of gross hypocrisy following the Parsons Green bombing. Northern Rail have called on staff to be extra vigilant, the same safety critical staff that they are now planning to throw off the trains.'

"The public, who support RMT’s campaign for a guarantee of a guard on their trains, will be appalled that Arriva Rail North have failed yet again to offer any kind of progress whatsoever in the talks and have instead opted to try and bulldoze through their plans regardless. It is that flagrant disregard for the safety issues at the heart of the dispute which leaves us with no option but to press on with the campaign of strike action.

– Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT

Arriva Rail North has been asked for a statement.