Northern Rail – three days of strikes planned this month

Staff at Northern Rail are to stage a series of fresh strikes over a long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

The RMT Union has confirmed three days of strike action on Northern Rail, amidst the ongoing chaos that resulted from the recent timetable changes.

The action is part of the ongoing dispute between the union and the train operator over plans to remove guards from its trains.

The union has repeatedly argued that the extension of Driver Only Operation is in the name of increased profits and compromises passenger safety.

The new 24-hour strikes will take place on June 19th, June 21st and June 23rd.

RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “We have seen over the past fortnight that Northern is a company which has declared war on its passengers and staff alike.

“RMT will not stand aside while the threat to axe safety critical guards from Northern services remains central to the company plans. 

“This company has reduced the timetable to total chaos and the union will not allow them to slash the safety culture to ribbons in the same fashion.”

He added: “The failure to reach a solution to this dispute to date is solely down to the company and the union remains ready for genuine and meaningful talks.”

Northern’s deputy managing director, Richard Allan, said: “Northern is working extremely hard to stabilise and provide certainty in delivering a reliable train service on those parts of our network affected by recent very significant disruption and cancellations.”

Referring to the latest strike action, he added: “The May timetable problems and the latest RMT strike action will not deter us from delivering our modernisation plans for customers – £500m of new trains which are currently under construction, better stations and more services by 2020.”

 

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