TSSA condemns strike-breaking Tory candidate who acted as a train guard

The TSSA has condemned a Tory candidate for breaking the RMT’s South Western Railway strike by acting as a guard.

Chris Loder, who is standing in Oliver Letwin’s West Dorset seat, boasted on his website that he was volunteering as a guard to keep the trains running.

He said: “I feel strongly that this action, threatened for an unprecedented number of days, is totally unacceptable. Although the frequency of scheduled trains running through Dorset is reduced during strike action, the communities of West Dorset are being threatened by the RMT in an attempt to stop people getting to work, school or shopping.

“I am doing all I can to make sure our vital train service continues to run and I remain optimistic in the continuing power of negotiation, so that our regular frequency of service between the South West and London can be restored to normal as soon as possible.”

But he said nothing about his role as Head of New Trains with South Western Railways, responsible for driving through the new driver only trains at the heart of the dispute.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “The truth is there was a deal on the table that was acceptable to the RMT but it was pulled by South Western Railway at the last minute – most likely to give Loder the chance to further his political career whilst causing misery to passengers.

“This is nothing more than a callous, cynical and disingenuous stunt by a former union member who’s turned strike breaker to further his political career.

“If Loder genuinely cared about passengers, he would support the RMT’s efforts to protect safety. Instead this Tory candidate is now involved in undermining the strike for his own political benefit.”

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