Members of the RMT union say further strike action’s necessary as they’ve not received the assurances they need from South Western Railway, in their ongoing dispute.
Workers have been instructed not to work on Friday 22nd February, Saturday 9th March and Saturday 16th March, as part of the ongoing row surrounding guards on trains.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT has been forced under the latest wave of Tory anti-union laws to ballot for a fourth time in the rail safety dispute on South Western Railway under the six month rule and once again our members have stood united and solid and have renewed the mandate to carry on the fight to put public safety before private profit.
“It is a disgrace that South Western Railway have yet again opted to play for time over the past six months rather than acting responsibly and getting round the table with the union to work out a solution to this dispute that puts safety and the guard guarantee centre stage. That is the package we have successfully negotiated in both Wales and Scotland and on a number of English franchises. It defies belief that we are being denied the same positive outcome on the South Western Railway routes.
“This ballot result comes just a day after RMT secured a guard guarantee in the long running dispute on Northern Rail allowing the union to suspend on-going strike action - piling yet more pressure on SWR to stop stalling and start talking seriously around safe and accessible services with all trains running with a guard on board. There is no excuse for them to stall that process any longer."