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TRAIN staff and pi­lots are both set to strike in the run-up to Christ­mas – threat­en­ing chaos for com­muters.

Work­ers on some of the busiest rail ser­vices in the coun­try are to strike on the Satur­day be­fore Christ­mas in the long-run­ning dis­pute over guards on trains.

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Mem­bers of the Rail, Mar­itime and Trans­port union on South Western Rail­way will walk out on De­cem­ber 22.

The com­pany runs ser­vices into London Water­loo, the busiest sta­tion in the UK.

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Staff at Vir­gin At­lantic will take in­dus­trial ac­tion from De­cem­ber 22 to Christ­mas Day in a dis­pute over union recog­ni­tion. The Pro­fes­sional Pi­lots Union said its mem­bers voted by seven to one in favour of strike ac­tion.

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The PPU rep­re­sents about a third of Vir­gin’s pi­lots and spokesman Steve John­son said the union has con­ducted a work-to-rule ac­tion for two years.

He said it wanted to se­cure recog­ni­tion by Vir­gin but it has been forced to take ac­tion after be­ing “shut out”.

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Mr John­son added: “We hope Vir­gin ac­knowl­edge the man­date mem­bers have given and help avoid ac­tion by recog­nis­ing the PPU and halt the ben­e­fits re­view that is so dam­ag­ing.”

STRIKE: On trains

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