Planned industrial action on SWR train services from June 21 – 23 has been called off following talks between RMT union and SWR mediated by ACAS. Trains will be running as normal on these dates.
Rail users in Eastleigh will face disruption to their journeys later this month as rail union RMT confirmed there will be a further three days of strike action in the dispute over the axing of guards on South Western Railway – a move that the town’s MP Mims Davies says will effect students during the busy exam period.
The RMT say that guardless trains compromise the safety of passengers and has instructed its members not to turn up for work from 00:01 on Thursday 21st June 2018 until 23:59 on Saturday 23rd June 2018.
In a press release RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“The RMT has made every effort to progress talks with South Western Railway but there has been a total lack of goodwill from the company and as a consequence we have no option but to confirm this further round of industrial action.
“The responsibility for this escalation rests solely with the company who know full well that the union won’t stand aside while they play fast and loose with both the talks process and the safety and well-being of the general public.”
Mick Cash also accused the transport secretary Chris Grayling of “playing politics with passenger safety” saying:
“He should be putting pressure on his rail contractors to reach a settlement rather than encouraging this cavalier approach to passenger safety and disabled access.”
Mims Davies said she was worried the strike would impact on students and and hoped solutions could be found that would avert industrial action:
“This action will hit my constituents who commute to work, schools and colleges by train.
“I am particularly concerned about the impact on students commuting to schools and colleges at this busy exam period which continues until the end of June.”
“I urge both sides of this disagreement to come to the table with meaningful solutions to resolve this matter. Following my recent local summit with constituents and South Western Railway, they are fully aware of the impact of this type of action on users of their service.”
RMT video highlighting their concerns for passenger safety on guardless trains.