RMT announces new walkout
Southern Railway workers are set to walkout for 48 hours next month as a bitter dispute over train guards rumbles on.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has announced its members will walk out on 7 and 8 September.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “This action has been forced on us by the arrogance and inaction of Govia Thameslink and the Government, who have made it clear they have no interest in resolving this dispute or in tackling the daily chaos on Southern.
“Instead they have begun the process of bulldozing through the drive towards wholesale driver only operation (DOO) without agreement and without any concern for the impact on safety, security and disability access.
“Our fight is with the company and the Government who have dragged this franchise into total meltdown.
“We share the anger and frustration of passengers and we cannot sit back while jobs and safety are compromised on these dangerously-overcrowded trains.
“It is disgraceful that neither the company nor the Government are prepared to engage and are looking to bully through the extension of DOO and the attack on the guards from last Sunday regardless.
“They should wake up and get round the table now as an urgent priority.”