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2003-04-22 RMT-001


New strike dates set in guard dispute

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New strike dates set in guard dispute

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22 April 2003
source RMT
type Press release

RMT TRAIN crew at 12 operating companies will strike for 48 hours on May 6 and 7 and on May 27 and 28 in their campaign to restore the full safety role of the guard.

"The employers know that it will cost them nothing to settle this dispute, but they have made no effort whatsoever to come to an agreement," RMT general secretary Bob Crow said today.

"This is a dispute about safety, pure and simple. The guard's role has been watered down and it needs to be restored to the rulebook in full - no ifs, no buts and no maybes.

"Our members and the traveling public have the right to know that the safest working practices are in place on our railways.

"Eight companies have already shown the way – and if they can reach agreement with us there is no earthly reason why these 12 cannot as well.

"The employers have dragged this dispute out for years and our members have made it clear that they will not be fobbed off with unkept promises.

"We will now also be taking advice on the legality the Strategic Rail Authority’s shameful use of public money to underwrite operators against losses on strike days – especially given the clear public interest in the matter ofsafety," Bob Crow said.


RMT train crew members will not book on for shifts commencing between 00:01 on Teusday May 6 and 23:59 on Wednesday May 7 and betweenn [[between]] 00:01 on Tuesday May 27 and 23:59 on Wednesday May 28 at: Arriva Trains Merseyside;Central Trains; Connex South Eastern; Govia South Central; Midland Mainline; Scotrail; Silverlink; Thames Trains; Virgin West Coast; Virgin Cross Country; Wales and Borders, and Wessex Trains.

Companies already signed up to the agreement on the safetyrole [[safety role]] of the guard are: GNER; Island Line; Anglia Trains; Hull Trains; First Great Western; First Great Eastern; First North Western, and Chiltern Railways.

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