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Rail strike: Disruption on trains as guards walk out

There is disruption for hundreds of thousands of rail commuters in the region this morning, after some rail staff walked out on strike in a row over the role of guards and a dispute over having a second member of staff on trains.

Services operated by South Western Railway, Island Line and Southern have been affected. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse sent this from Basingstoke railway station.

Cleaners on Southeastern railway to strike in pay row

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The rail union, the RMT, has announced cleaners on Southeastern will strike in what they call their fight for workplace justice over pay and working conditions.

Members are instructed to take strike action by not booking on for any shifts that commence between the hours of 8.30pm on Thursday 19th October 2017 and 8.30pm on Friday 20th October 2017.

The dispute is with subcontractor Wettons, who hold the cleaning contract on Southeastern.

Rail passengers hit as Southern Rail strike

The RMT union members at Southern Rail have once again gone on strike.

It's the latest walkout in the long running dispute about driver only operated trains. Southern says on most routes a normal service will operate - although some cancellations are possible.

The strike centres on driver-only operation and follows the failure of the latest peace talks.

The union say it is unsafe which is denied by the company in a row lasting seventeen months, the longest industrial disputes in British history.

RMT to join Aslef in August strike action

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The rail union, the RMT, has confirmed that its driver members on Southern Rail will join the Aslef union in strike action in August in the ongoing dispute about driver-only trains.

They say they're 'defending the role of the guard and the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on Southern services'.

The industrial action is scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday 1st August - 24 hours
  • Wednesday 2nd August - 24 hours
  • Friday 4th August - 24 hours
RMT union members protesting Credit: PA

Yet again today RMT is forced to send Southern Rail a clear message that we will not allow them to strip the railway of a safety critical second member of staff on these vital rail services."

“We have seen again this week the Government propping up the failed Southern Rail operation as they collude with the company to undermine the fundamental principles of safety and access."

“It is scandalous that neither Chris Grayling nor his contractors, GTR, have lifted a finger to get talks back on despite approaches from the union. This fiasco cannot be allowed to drag on any longer.”

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary
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