Mersyrail staff goes on 48-hour strike

Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017

Railway staff at Merseyrail startedRailway staff at Merseyrail started a 48-hour strike in a dispute with the firm over driver only-operated trains (DOOs) and the role of guards.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are participating in the action causing disruption of services in and around Liverpool.

The union is has called on the Department for Transport to join talks about staffing arrangements on new trains.

However, Merseyrail said the strikes were “unnecessary”.

The walkout will affect music fans going to the city’s Fusion Festival.

However, Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, managing director at Merseyrail, said: “The RMT union is continuing its campaign against the staffing arrangements for the new trains, and once again, it will be passengers who are inconvenienced by this action.

“With none of our permanent guards being forced to leave Merseyrail, these strikes are unnecessary.

“The new trains will be modern, safer, faster and more reliable than the ones they replace, with the capacity to support economic growth.”

He said Merseyrail would continue to be one of the most “generously staffed” rail networks in the country.

The RMT is in dispute with three companies – Merseyrail, Northern and Southern – over DOOs which it says would be “unsafe” and lead to widespread job losses.

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