Posted 13th December 2019 | 2 Comments

13 December: news in brief

RMT to ballot striking South Western Railway members again

MEMBERS of the RMT on South Western Railway are to be balloted again over continuing their month-long strike. The industrial action was paused on election day, but SWR said it would not be possible to restore normal services for just 24 hours. RMT general secretary Mick Cash told his members: ‘Regrettably, the 2016 Trade Union Act has made it necessary to re-ballot you and your colleagues for industrial action. Therefore, the union’s National Executive Committee has taken the decision to re-ballot all our SWR commercial guard, guard and train driver members for industrial action in order to continue our fight to protect the safety critical role of the guard and to retain a guard on SWR services.’ The walkouts are set to continue until New Year’s Day and have been causing serious disruption, with reduced services on main line routes and no SWR trains running on some other lines.

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  • Robin Coleman, Auckland NZ

    These guys must be the most wronged workers on the planet, always on strike somewhere!

  • Neil Palmer, Waterloo

    Sounds like Mick's having second thoughts over the ridiculous month long strike call. Glad SWR called the RMT's bluff. Now, finally, the unfortunate "cannon fodder" on the front lines will get to pass their opinion on the actions of their RMT generals as I'm sure the majority now realise this is NOT about safety. Never was.