More strikes planned over guards on trains

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

FUR­THER STRIKES are to be held in the long-run­ning dis­pute over guards on trains.

Mem­bers of the Rail, Mar­itime and Trans­port (RMT) union on Ar­riva Rail North (North­ern) will walk out for 24 hours on three con­sec­u­tive Satur­days from Oc­to­ber 27.

The work­ers are al­ready strik­ing on the next few Satur­days, in­clud­ing to­day, which will be the 31st day of in­dus­trial ac­tion since the row started.

RMT gen­eral sec­re­tary Mick Cash said: “RMT con­tin­ues to make ev­ery ef­fort to get se­ri­ous and mean­ing­ful talks go­ing with North­ern but the com­pany are not in­ter­ested.

“Ger­man-owned North­ern Rail want to run nearly half a mil­lion trains a year with­out a safety-crit­i­cal guard on board in a move that would wreck both safety and ac­cess to ser­vices, and they should lis­ten to their front­line staff and pull back from that plan im­me­di­ately.

“RMT re­cently se­cured an agree­ment on Greater Anglia that en­shrines the guard guar­an­tee. Sim­i­lar agree­ments have also been reached in Wales and Scot­land. Ar­riva Rail North need to do the right thing and come to an agree­ment that se­cures a guard on their trains too.

“We thank the pub­lic for their sup­port and un­der­stand­ing through­out this dis­pute over rail safety and ac­cess and the union re­mains ready for gen­uine and se­ri­ous talks.”

Richard Al­lan, deputy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for North­ern, said: “RMT’s lat­est an­nounce­ment will mean that North­ern’s cus­tomers have had to en­dure strikes ev­ery Satur­day in Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber and now into Novem­ber – this is in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing and dis­ap­point­ing and is a fur­ther blow for our re­gional econ­omy.”

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