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WORKERS at Northern Rail will stage their 40th day of strike action tomorrow in the battle to keep safety-critical guards on trains.
The company, with backing from the Tory government, wants to introduce driver-only trains despite evidence of the vital role played by guards in guaranteeing passenger welfare.
Northern Rail operates services from the Scottish border to the northern Midlands, and between the east and west coasts.
The company is owned by Arriva, which is part of the German state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It's time for Arriva Rail North to stop taking instructions from this collapsing government, get out of the bunker and start talking seriously and positively with the union on the issue of the guard guarantee instead of gambling with public safety as they pump up their profits.”
He thanked the public for their continuing support in the long-running dispute.
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