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South Western Railway workers vote to keep striking for guards

WORKERS at South Western Railways have voted to continue striking against bosses’ plans to remove safety-critical guards from trains, union RMT announced today.

South Western workers voted by an overwhelming 88 per cent to maintain strike action, in line with Tory anti-union laws forcing workers to renew their strike mandate periodically.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said it was a “disgrace” that SWR was playing for time rather than “getting round the table with the union to work out a solution to this dispute that puts safety and the guard guarantee centre stage.”

He pointed out that operators in Scotland, Wales and a number of English franchises had already managed to come to an agreement on safety.

“Now that the staff have spoken the ball is in the court of South Western Railway and we expect a swift and positive response to the union’s call for genuine and meaningful talks to commence immediately.”

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