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Merseyrail staff set to strike in driver-only trains row

Merseyrail trainImage copyright Merseytravel
Image caption The dispute relates to the position of guards on Merseyrail’s new fleet for 2021

Workers on Merseyrail plan to maintain 9 strikes in the long-running dispute over practice guards.

RMT union members stated they’ll stage 24-hour walkouts each Saturday in November and December.

The union stated a deal for a secure methodology of despatch was “scuppered” by the native authority on value grounds.

Merseyrail stated the choice to strike was “disappointing given that there is now a guarantee of a guard on every new train with a safety-critical role”.

‘Great frustration’

The RMT has opposed the introduction of driver-only-operated trains (DOO) – the place drivers shut doorways as an alternative of guards – which began rolling out throughout the nation in 2017.

Merseyrail is embroiled in the nationwide dispute together with different practice operators, a few of whom have stated “safety bodies have confirmed that having the doors closed by the driver is at least as as safe as by a conductor”.

RMT basic secretary Mick Cash stated: “It is with nice frustration that our members have been compelled to take strike motion once more on Merseyrail once we appeared so shut to reaching an settlement on secure despatch.

“Both the guards and drivers who function the trains on a day-to-day foundation are saying that they can not settle for the proposed methodology of operation and their voice wants to be heard.”

Christmas influence

A Merseyrail spokesman stated it was “extraordinarily disillusioned” with the strike plans as current workshops had been held between itself, the RMT and Merseytravel.

“It is very disappointing given that there’s now a assure of a guard on each new practice with a safety-critical position and that we had been so shut to an settlement to finish this dispute.”

The strikes shall be held on 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 November and seven, 14, 21 and 28 December.

Some walkouts that had been deliberate for this summer season on Merseyrail had been cancelled following talks between the events.

RMT members can even ban extra time from 3 November.

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