Rail­ways strikes to con­tinue

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WEEKLY strikes on the North­ern Rail net­work will con­tinue through Novem­ber as part of the long-run­ning dis­pute over guards on trains.

Mem­bers of the Rail, Mar­itime and Trans­port (RMT) union will walk out for 24 hours for the next two Satur­days.

Both the RMT union and North­ern are blam­ing each other for talks break­ing down.

RMT gen­eral sec­re­tary Mick Cash said: “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.”

Richard Al­lan, deputy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for North­ern, said: “This is in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing and dis­ap­point­ing and is a fur­ther blow for our re­gional econ­omy.”

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