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RMT to strike for guards' jobs on South Western Railway

WORKERS on South Western Railway will strike for three days from tomorrow in the long-running dispute over keeping safety-critical guards on trains.

Bosses at South Western, which is part-owned by Hong Kong-based MTR rail company, want to remove guards from trains to increase profits.

Rail union RMT has tirelessly fought to keep the guards and has reached settlements with rail operators in Scotland and Wales, as well as with Greater Anglia.

But South Western refuses to compromise on the issue.

RMT says the company has made a mockery of negotiations seeking a settlement.

General secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is angry and frustrated that the company’s cavalier and contemptuous approach to talks leaves us no option but to continue our programme of industrial action. We know that passengers will share that anger.”

More strikes will follow on September 8 and 15.

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