RAIL union RMT called on train operators yesterday to ditch plans to get rid of guards in the light of the general election result.
RMT said that public support for Labour’s manifesto, including renationalisation of the rail industry, showed there was “no national mandate” to ditch safety rules.
The long-running dispute over the introduction of driver-only trains and the role of guards has seen widespread and protracted strike action hitting Southern Rail, Merseyrail and Northern.
General secretary Mick Cash said those disputes “not only remain on but are now right at the top of the national transport agenda as the chaotic minority Tory government lurches from chaos to crisis.
“The train companies pursuing the politically motivated drive to rip apart the safety culture on our railways should wake up to the new reaility and pull their plans with immediate effect. We have written to them and we are awaiting their response.”