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‘Determined’ rail workers walk out for guards

WORKERS at Merseyrail and Northern rail mounted a “united and determined” 24-hour strike on Saturday in the long-running battle against plans to remove safety-critical guards from trains.

In common with other profit-hungry private operators, the two companies want to get rid of guards despite their vital role in safeguarding passengers.

Southern staff will strike on March 12 over the same issue.

The guards are organised by the RMT union, whose general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on both Northern and Merseyrail stand united and determined in these two separate disputes, which are about putting public safety before private profit.”

Rail staff ensured that the maximum possible number of trains was kept running during last week’s Arctic weather conditions.

“We will not accept a situation where guards are hailed as heroes one minute and threatened with the sack the next,” said Mr Cash.

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