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Greater Anglia workers announce fresh strike as dispute over role of guards rumbles on

Greater Anglia workers will strike on May 9. Credit: PA

Workers on Greater Anglia trains will go on strike next month as the row over the role of guards continues.

The news was announced as the RMT Union staged a national protest outside Parliament on Wednesday - on the second anniversary of the rail disputes.

The Union says it's to defend the role of guards on trains and passenger safety.

"Yet again the intransigence of private rail companies operating in England over the key issue of the guard guarantee means that we have no option but to announce further strike action in the separate disputes on Arriva Rail North, Greater Anglia and South Western Railway," RMT general secretary Mick Cash said.

"With RMT members protesting outside Parliament today we are drawing attention to the ludicrous situation that means we are able to reach agreements in Wales and Scotland on the guard guarantee but not on a raft of key franchises in England."

The announcement was made at a protest in Westminster Credit: PA

Greater Anglia staff will strike for 24 hours on May 9.

But Greater Anglia say it wants its conductors to concentrate on customer service, rather than opening and closing doors.

We are very disappointed that the RMT has announced a further strike on Wednesday May 9. We'd like to reassure customers that we will be running a full service on this day, using our contingency conductors.

In recent weeks, we have had some constructive talks with RMT union officials and offered a proposal which we hoped would resolve this issue. Unfortunately, the RMT has rejected it.

Our position remains the same: We highly value our conductors, we're keeping them on our trains, but we want them to concentrate on customer service rather than opening and closing doors. We will continue to talk to the RMT to try to find an acceptable solution.