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19 September 2017
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that members on Greater Anglia will take two days of strike action over the potential extension of Driver Only Operation, and the clear threat to passenger safety, following the company's continuing refusal to give a guarantee on the role of the guard throughout the length of the franchise.
Members will strike between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Tuesday 3rd October and Thursday 5th October.
RMT has balloted both drivers and guards members and over 200 Greater Anglia guards, on a whopping 90% turn out, have voted by a massive nine to one for strike action. The drivers vote was two to one for action on a 75% turn out.
Despite repeated efforts by RMT in both face to face meetings and correspondence Abellio have failed to provide union reps with the assurances they had been seeking with respect to the role and responsibilities of the guards now and for the length of the current Greater Anglia franchise.
That failure left RMT with no option but to serve notice on the company and press ahead with the balloting process and to now call strike action.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Greater Anglia have been given every opportunity to give a guarantee on the future role of the guard on their services. They have failed to do so and that left us with no alternative but to move to a ballot in the interests of rail safety.
“Our members voted by massive majorities for action but the company have ignored that and have failed to seize the opportunity to give us the very simple assurances on the future of the guards, and the guarantee of a second safety critical member of staff on current services. That failure leaves us no option but to move to strike action.
“The union remains available for further talks around the crucial issue of the guard guarantee.”