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Published on : Friday, November 4, 2016
The latest strike, called by the Southern railway workers, is about to force hundreds of travellers to face travel chaos in London. Right after the RMT union announced about a six day strike, which will start prior to Christmas and end around New Year, a 48-hour strike has been called by the workers. It has been found that the stoppage will begin around midnight of Friday, 4th November.
The 48-hour strike will coincide with the celebration of Lewes Bonfire Night on Saturday, 5th November. During the strike none of the trains will stop in the towns or any other neighbouring stations.
Initially, the railway stoppage has been scheduled to start from Thursday, 3rd November, but it has been postponed after getting a request from the British Legion to avoid disruption during the London Poppy Day.
The rail strikes, cancellations and delays have started after the Southern railway planned to introduce driver-only operated (DOO) trains. According to the authorities of Southern railway, the union has caused misery and hardship to people’s work and family lives and that is the main reason behind their decision to retain ‘safety critical’ conductor.
The Southern railway has informed that during the two-day-strike, they will give restricted service and some routes may not even have any trains.
According to the passenger services director of Southern, Angie Doll, they are sorry to the passengers as they won’t be able to provide a full service because of the RMT’s pointless and wholly unjustified strike action.
While making the announcement regarding the strike, the RMT general secretary, Mick Cash has accused the government and Southern railway of ‘sheer pig-headedness’ as the members are being forced to take further industrial action in a bid to maintain a safe and secure service.
It has been found that the strike will start from 12:01 am local time on 4th November and it will end at 11:59 pm local time on 5th November. Another strike will start from 12:01 am local time on 22nd November and it will end around 11:59 pm local time on 23rd November.