More mis­ery as union plans fur­ther strikes

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WORK­ERS in one of the rail op­er­a­tors hit by dis­rup­tion to ser­vices are to stage a se­ries of fresh strikes in the long-run­ning dis­pute over the role of guards.

Mem­bers of the Rail, Mar­itime and Trans­port union on Ar­riva Rail North (North­ern) will walk out for 24 hours on June 19, 21 and 23.

The com­pany has been un­der fire in re­cent weeks be­cause of daily de­lays and can­cel­la­tions to rail ser­vices.

RMT gen­eral sec­re­tary Mick Cash said: “We have seen over the past fort­night that North­ern is a com­pany which has de­clared war on its pas­sen­gers and staff alike.

“RMT will not stand aside while the threat to axe safety-crit­i­cal guards from North­ern ser­vices re­mains cen­tral to the com­pany plans.

“This com­pany has re­duced the timetable to to­tal chaos and the union will not al­low them to slash the safety cul­ture to rib­bons in the same fash­ion.”

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