Negotiations between RMT union and South Western Railway to avoid strike over Chritsmas

 Thursday, November 21, 2019 


In an attempt to avert 27 days of strikes on London’s busiest commercial routes throughout December crisis talks took place.


In the long-running dispute over the role of guards and control of train doors RMT union leaders and South Western Railway bosses were at loggerheads.



All the services to and from Waterloo, the UK’s busiest station would be affected by the action of SWR train crew on almost every day in December.



Over the busy Christmas period thousands of passengers will face travel misery and it would be the longest concentration action ever seen on the British railways.



The action has been condemned as ‘unacceptable’ by Downing Street.



The conciliation service is bringing the two sides together for the first time since the strikes were ordered two weeks ago.



In earlier walkouts the SWR was only able to run two-thirds of its 1,8000 trains a day on weekdays and just half of its reduced weekend service.



As per the union the strike would cover every day in December and except for Sunday 1 and Thursday 12 when the general elections would take place.



On Christmas Day and Boxing day the SWR does not run services  and an SWR spokesman said that they  were approached by Acas and were happy to talk.



As a part of the framework agreement the company states it has offered to keep guard on every train and accused a ‘ misguided attempt to hold power over the industry”.

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