Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

South western railway trains strike swr news latest

South western railway trains strike swr news latest

Workers for South Western Railway (SWR), a British train operating company, began their 27-day strike on Monday, causing chaos for an estimated 16 million commuters.

The strikes, which will run into the new year, concern the role of guards once drivers are given control of train doors.

The strikes started on a morning of freezing temperatures in Britain and are expected to last 27 days in December, forcing commuters to face a hard festive month of travelling.

The strike comes after talks between the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and SWR over a long-running dispute over guards on trains broke down, the BBC said. It serves London Waterloo, Britain's busiest station. Passengers have been warned services will be cancelled, replaced by buses or finish earlier than normal, with trains running expected to be a lot busier than normal.

The union has alleged that the failure to come to terms over the future pattern of on-train staffing and the role of guards was for "political" reasons, while SWR has claimed that a deal was reached during Thursday's discussions, only for it to be rejected after the meeting by the RMT's Executive.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said union members were "angry and frustrated" after a set of union proposals to secure the guard's role was "kicked back in our faces" by SWR management.

He went on to accuse the rail firm, or "their paymasters in government", of wanting the strike action to go ahead for "politically motivated purposes".

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Trains continue to operate during the strike, but service is reduced and passengers can expect delays and cancellations. Clare Moriarty, permanent secretary at Brexit department DexEU, tweeted the train operator: "I can not believe that on a strike day when there only two trains from my station in the peak hour you have *shortened* train length by a third". The union stays on hand for talks and we have a deal to resolve this dispute which is impress-free for SWR worked up and ready to head.

The final strike will take place from Friday, December 27th at 11:59 pm on January 1st, 2020.

However, he added that SWR was "not prepared to compromise on is the much-needed modernisation of the service".

"Throughout negotiations we have tried repeatedly to find ways to meet the RMT's aspirations".

The union said the strike was "in defence of passenger safety". Nonetheless, every time we fetch a advance forward on one level, the union has moved the goalposts by altering its plight.

Cash added that SWR was "spending a fortune mobilising an army of under-trained and potentially risky contingency guards" and urged the company to re-enter negotiations.

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