13 July 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms further strike action to go ahead on South Western Railway in dispute over guards and safety as company wreck talks
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed further strike action will take place in the dispute over rail safety and the axing of guards on South Western Railway.
The action has been confirmed after the company effectively sabotaged the talks process by confirming that they intend to roll out the extension of Driver Only Operation regardless - making a mockery of the talks that the union had entered in good faith.
As a result of the SWR actions members will strike as follows by not booking on for any shifts between;
0001 Hours and 2359 hours on Thursday 26th July 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 28th July 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Tuesday 31st July 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 4th August 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 11th August 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 18th August 2018
0001 Hours on Friday 31st August 2018 and 2359 Hours on Saturday 1st September 2018
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“RMT is furious that South Western Railway have deliberately wrecked a talks process set up through ACAS to try and find a meaningful resolution to this dispute.
“It was RMT’s firm belief that a deal could be done and an agreement reached like we have with other train operating companies but that requires a responsible and grown up attitude from SWR. Instead they have treated the whole process with total contempt and that is why we have no option but to confirm a further round of strike action.
“The issues at the heart of this dispute are safe and accessible railways for all underpinned by the guard guarantee we have successfully negotuated in Wales, Scotland and other parts of England.
"SWR have kicked that option back in our faces and are determined to put their private profits before public safety at a time of unprecedented and dangerous pressure on their services.
“RMT remains committed to the principle of genuine and meaningful talks in this dispute.”