18 August 2017
RMT Press Office
RMT takes Rail Guards Protest to Waterloo on Monday Morning - First Full Day of New SWT Franchise Operation
With First Group/MTR taking over the South West Trains franchise on the 20th August 2017 rail union RMT will be mounting a protest outside the main terminus, Waterloo, on the first full day of the new service, Monday 21st August, calling on the travelling public to support the campaign for the retention of the guards on South West Trains.
RMT’s demonstration has been arranged at Waterloo on the 21st August 2017 at 08:00am (EXIT 6 Opposite Platform 20-24 Victory Arch).
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
"There is an agreement in place that there will be no extension of Driver Only Operation on South West Trains and that agreement transfers with the undertaking to First MTR.
"All that RMT is seeking is a clear assurance that there will be no interference with the current agreement and that it will be honoured by the new franchise holder.
"Unfortunately in talks with First MTR yesterday the company refused to give a guarantee that there will be a second person on their trains despite what they have been telling the press. They also failed to clarify what safety competencies and role a second member of staff would have on their services.
"Monday mornings demonstration will be the kick off point for RMT's campaign to keep the guard on South West Trains."
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