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Railway workers in the north have announced a wave of strike action throughout September, as today’s planned walkout goes ahead .
RMT members on Arriva Rail North will be downing tools to defend the role of the train guard today.
But a new roll-out of strikes will see train conductors striking on every Saturday in September.
The union says that the threatened expansion of driver-only operations on northern trains poses a threat to jobs, public safety, and the welfare of disabled passengers.
However, the union also says company representatives have “refused point-blank” to enter into meaningful discussions with the union.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that bosses are frustrating workers with their “pig-headed” attitude, adding that “a genuine opportunity to reach an agreement has been kicked back by the company.”
Mr Cash went on to stress that the union’s representatives remain open to discussions.
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