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From: The Socialist issue 1014, 17 October 2018: ToriesĀ’ Brexit bust-up - general Election Now

Search site for keywords: South Western Railway - Workers - Strike - Rail - Portsmouth - RMT - National Shop Stewards Network - Drivers - Basingstoke

South Western rail workers launch five-day safety strike to save guards

Guards on strike at Fratton joined by RMT president Sean Hoyle, photo Socialist Party

Guards on strike at Fratton joined by RMT president Sean Hoyle, photo Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Workers on South Western Railway are striking for five days from 23 to 27 October against management plans to remove the safety-critical role of the guard.

Bosses refuse to engage in serious talks with transport union RMT to reach agreement in the long-running dispute over 'driver-only operation' (DOO).

The Socialist Party is taking part in the National Shop Stewards Network's 'Solidarity Saturday' in support of the strike.

On 20 October, street stalls will take place in Southampton, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Basingstoke and Woking.

Guards and drivers have four further 24-hour Saturday strikes planned in their latest phase of action this autumn, on 3, 10, 17 and 24 November.

No to DOO! Save the guard!

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