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Trains halted in the north and south as RMT workers walk out

STRIKING rail workers brought services to a halt in the north and south of England over the weekend.

Most Saturday services were cancelled as RMT members on Arriva Rail North and South Western Railway walked out.

The strike was the latest action in the union’s fight against driver-only operated (DOO) trains and in favour of keeping a properly trained guard on every service.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT members are standing determined and united in the long-running fight for safety, security and access on our trains, while the private train companies gamble with their passengers’ well-being.

“This action comes as the political cheerleader of DOO, transport secretary Chris Grayling, weighs up his own self-interest and a possible resignation from the collapsing May government.

“It’s disgusting that this gang of political opportunists are happy to unleash chaos on our railways while they plot their own escape route from the carnage they have created.”

Mr Cash said that the union remains open for serious negotiations.

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