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WORKERS on Merseyrail are to stage a pre-Christmas strike in a long-running dispute over the role of guards.
Rail union RMT members will walk out for 24 hours on December 22.
The union said the row could be “easily resolved” if senior Merseyside Labour politicians followed national Labour Party policy and supported their safety-critical rail staff, instead of acting as “human shields for profiteering private rail companies.”
The union is also embroiled in disputes with Arriva Rail North, Greater Anglia, Southern and South Western Railway over the roll-out of driver-only trains.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on Merseyrail are angry that senior Labour figures have chosen to ignore party policy on driver-only operation to side with the private company rather than our safety-critical guards.
“Those senior Labour politicians have chosen the wrong side. They need to stand with the many — the passengers, the workers and the people of Merseyside — and not the few — Tory ministers and bosses of the private operator Merseyrail.”
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