RMT announces two more strike days on South Western Railway

The RMT has announced two further days’ strike action on South Western Railway.

Members will take action for 24 hours from 10am on March 9 and again on March 12 in their ongoing dispute over keeping guards on the train.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members have been left with no choice but to call a further two days of strike action on South Western Railway.

“They have shown an incredible amount of solidarity and voted for industrial action for an historic sixth time in one of the union’s longest running disputes.

“We are appalled by management’s bullying and harassment tactics in their attempt to get our members return to work. The company’s constant barrage of lengthy letters every time our Guard members take legal and legitimate industrial action is intimidating, degrading, humiliating and offensive. RMT will not tolerate our members being bullied or intimidated by any company at any time whether we are in dispute or not.

“I want to congratulate our members on their continued resolve in their fight for safety and the role of the guard on SWR. It is wholly down to the management side that the core issue of the safety critical competencies and the role of the guard has not been agreed.  The union remains available for talks.”

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