5 February 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms further industrial action on South Western Railway in Guards' safety dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that members on South Western Railway will be taking further action from Friday 16th February in the dispute over safety, the role of the guard and the rolling out of Driver Only Operation.
Members will be taking action as follows:
1.All Guards, Commercial Guards and Train Driver Members
•Not to undertake any rest day working from 00:01 hours on Friday 16th February 2018 until 23:59 hours on Monday 19th February 2018.
2.Guard and Commercial Guard Members
•From 00:01 hours on Friday 16th February 2018 until 23:59 hours on Monday 19th February 2018, all Guards and Commercial Guard members are instructed to take industrial action by refusing to work in accordance with key sections of the Guards Restructuring Agreement.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“It is frankly disgraceful that South Western Railway point-blank refuse to engage with the union in meaningful talks over their plans to run trains without a safety-critical guard on board across this franchise.
“It is the intransigent attitude of the company which has forced us to put on this latest phase of industrial action in an effort to force them to see sense and to drive them back to the negotiating table for genuine and meaningful talks.
“We know that this action will have a serious impact on services and the responsibility for the disruption caused will be wholly down to South Western Railway and their pig-headed attitude. It is time for the company to get out of the bunker and start talking.”