Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at First Great Western began a 24 hours strike at 4am today (Friday March 27th) over a row about the dismissal of a colleague.
The dispute include guards, train drivers and managers in Penzance.
The announcement comes in the same week the rail company was awarded a 42-month extension on its franchise by the Government.
It is clear from the two disputes we are engaged in that there is a culture of bullying and intimidation of staff rife within the money-spinning racket which is the First Great Western operation.
RMT will not allow this culture to go unchallenged and the union will defend both our individual members and the principle of workplace justice. The union remains available for talks in both disputes.
First Great Western is reassuring passengers strike action will not impact its services.
We can confirm that a member of staff was recently dismissed for allowing the doors of a train to remain open while in passenger service, and failing to report the incident to anyone for over a month.
The member of staff was not an RMT member at the time of the incident, and we are surprised that they have decided to support these actions, which put his safety, and the safety of his colleagues and our passengers at risk.
The RMT has a track record of taking a strong stance on the safety of its members and passengers, and today's action seems inconsistent with those messages. We do not expect this action to impact services for customers, and continue to talk to the RMT about this issue.
A serious collision involving a car and a lorry has closed the M5 Northbound between Exeter and Cullompton.
It's expected to remain closed for several hours causing major delays. The driver of the car has been seriously injured. The extent of the injuries of others involved is not yet known.
The northbound carriageway is closed between junction 30 and junction 28.
The A391 is closed in both directions with slow traffic due to serious accident at Penwithick, involving a motorcycle. It's between Menear Road and the B3374.
The road has now re-opened after the earlier accident.
The A39 is closed in both directions after an accident between A389 / B3314 Gonvena Hill (The Ball Roundabout, Wadebridge) and B3267 (St Teath).
The A3059 is closed after an accident between a bus and a car in Cornwall at St Columb Major near Newquay Airport. It happened near Mole Valley Farmers close to the junction with the A39 at Trekenning Roundabout.
The A38 in Kennford is blocked northbound at Haldon Hill due to an overturned 4x4 and trailer etween Harcombe Road (Haldon Forest) and Racecourse Road (Racecourse junction).
Two people have been seriously injured in a road crash in Axminster.
Bristol Air Ambulance has taken one casualty to Frenchay Hospital.
It happened on the B3261 between the A35 and Axminster, at around 7.45am today.
The road is closed from the off-slip on the A35 and the start of the B3261, to the end of Axminster roundabout near the train station.
The severe winter storms took their toll on train punctuality including that of CrossCountry last month, according to official figures.
The CrossCountry train company, managed only a punctuality figure of 78.1% in February, compared with 88.8% for February 2013.
First Great Western, affected by the severe damage to the coastal track at Dawlish in Devon, had a trains-on-time figure of only 80.4% last month, compared with 91.8% in February 2013.
Since December staff dealt with more than 500 fallen trees blocking lines, 285 flooded sites and 73 landslips or line washouts.
A3058 St Austell Street is closed both ways after a serious accident involving a motorcycle. The incident happened between Trenithon Lane (Summercourt) and B3275 (Brighton).
There is disruption on South West Trains between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo due to signalling problem at London Waterloo. Tickets are being accepted on Southern, First Great Western and London Underground services.