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Monday 15th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

RAIL union RMT and transport bosses will meet today for another round of talks aimed at resolving a year-long dispute over safe staffing levels on driver-only trains on the Southern network.

RMT union officials will meet with company bosses to break the stalemate.

Members have taken 31 days of strikes over the past year, with further industrial action not being ruled out. Another meeting is due this week between Southern and drivers’ union Aslef.

Aslef leaders had recommended two proposed deals to resolve the dispute in recent months. Drivers rejected both.

It has been suggested that CCTV be upgraded so that drivers can more easily close train doors — though this is far from the only safety concern with axing guards.

Drivers have complained of poor-quality images and fear they could be held criminally liable for passenger accidents.

Labour’s manifesto, due to be published in the coming days, will include a pledge to take rail franchises back into public ownership when the contracts expire.




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