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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.
Rail union RMT has announced that guards on London Overground will strike on the following days:
Sunday 25th August
Monday 26th August
The strike is over a move by the company to introduce Driver Only trains (without guards) on the whole of the London Overground network.
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."
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."