RAIL workers are hoping for a breakthrough next week in their long-running battle to keep guards on trains.
Rail union RMT general secretary Mick Cash is to meet the Labour Mayor of Liverpool Steve Rotheram on Monday in a bid to settle the dispute over driver-only trains — condemned by unions as endangering passenger safety — at Merseyrail.
The outcome could have implications for other rail operators who want to abolish guards including Southern Rail and Northern Rail.
Mr Cash said: “As the person ultimately responsible for Merseytravel and Merseyrail, Steve Rotheram has a golden opportunity to say he will broker a deal to resolve this dispute when we meet on Monday.
“It is Labour Party policy to oppose the expansion of driver-only trains. Local MPs also want to keep our guards as do passengers and the people of Merseyside, so we hope Steve will commit to keep our guards as well.”
RMT guards and supporters will lobby the talks at Liverpool’s Pier Head.
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