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GUARDS at South Western Railway are being forced to ballot for a fourth time to defend their safety-critical jobs with strike action, their union confirmed today.
Members of rail union RMT have already voted for strike action three times, but Tory anti-union legislation demands that trade unionists must renew any vote to take strike action after six months.
The new ballot takes place from January 24 to February 7.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “I am confident that, once again, our members will return an overwhelming mandate to carry on the fight to put public safety before private profit.
“It is a disgrace that South Western Railway, with the connivance of this rotten Tory government, has opted to play for time over yet another six months, rather than acting responsibly and getting round the table with the union to work out a solution to this dispute that puts safety and the guard guarantee centre stage.”
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