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South Western Railway strike suspended

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Rhonda Young | 12 August, 2018, 11:44

Rail passengers in South Yorkshire have more woe in store after train staff announced three more days of strike action over the next month.

The decision has been made after many correspondences over the past 24 hours between RMT and South Western Railway.

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Rail union RMT confirmed today that it has agreed to suspend the next 24 hours of strike action on South Western Railway scheduled for this Saturday (11 August) to allow for further talks around the issue of the guard guarantee.

But it has now been suspended for further talks around the issue of the guard guarantee - with the strikes being called in protest over trains without guards. "This means we will be running a full Saturday timetable on 11 August".

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SWR, which runs trains from some of London's busiest stations including Waterloo and Clapham Junction, has been dogged by industrial action over the past year because of a dispute with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union over safety guards.

The strikes still in place are on 18, 31 August and 1 September. The rail operator said talks with the RMT failed to reach a resolution, accusing the union of failing to accept the same terms agreed on another franchise. A further day of talks has also been proposed for Friday August 17.

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RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "We thank the public for their support and understanding throughout this dispute over rail safety and access and the union remains ready for genuine and serious talks".

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