30 July 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms further strike action goes ahead tomorrow on South Western Railway as company refuse talks on guard safety guarantee
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that the next phase of strike action will go ahead exactly as planned tomorrow in the dispute over rail safety and the axing of guards on South Western Railway as the company continue to refuse to engage with the union in talks around the core issue of the guard guarantee.
RMT has reminded the company today that their attitude is out of kilter with huge swathes of the rail industry with the recent Greater Anglia agreement just the latest in a line of settlements, including negotiated arrangements in both Wales and Scotland, that halt the rolling out of Driver Only Operation.
As a result of the SWR failure to come forward with proposals that guarantee the guard on their services RMT members will strike tomorrow and the programme of action will continue with staff not booking on for any shifts between;
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 angry and frustrated that once again South Western Railway are playing fast and loose with the union call for genuine talks around the guard safety guarantee and it is that pig-headed attitude which means the action goes ahead as planned tomorrow.
“RMT has made a very simple request of South Western Railway that they take note of what is going on elsewhere in the rail industry and come forward with serious proposals that give a cast iron guarantee of guards on their services and a halt to the rolling out of Driver Only Operation.
“It is RMT’s firm belief that a deal can be done and an agreement reached like we have with other train operating companies but that requires a responsible and serious attitude from SWR towards this dispute which is all about safe and accessible railways for all underpinned by the guard guarantee we have successfully negotiated in Wales, Scotland and other parts of England.
"I want to pay tribute to RMT’s members on South Western Railway who continue to stand firm and united in the campaign to put public safety before private profit on SWR trains.
“RMT remains committed to the principle of genuine and meaningful talks in this dispute.”