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Greater Anglia strike: Month of industrial action announced

PUBLISHED: 11:41 28 September 2017

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Rail workers will not work overtime or on rest days for a month as part of a dispute over the roles of guards.

Members of the RMT union who work on the Greater Anglia network are already set to strike on Tuesday and Thursday next week over the potential expansion of driver only operated trains.

But now they have agreed to take additional industrial action and ban overtime and rest day working from October 10 to November 6.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It is the wholesale failure of Greater Anglia to address our members’ concerns over safety that has left us with no option but to escalate our programme of industrial action.

“Greater Anglia have been given every opportunity to give a guarantee on the future role of the guard on their services.

“This dispute is about guaranteeing the safety of the travelling public. Our members voted by massive majorities for both strike action and action short of a strike but the company have ignored that and have failed to seize the opportunity to give us the very simple assurances on the future of the guards, and the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on current services.”

Currently, around 60 per cent of trains operate without conductors on the network, which calls at London Liverpool Street, Stratford and Romford and extends to parts of Essex and Norfolk.

Greater Anglia train service delivery director Richard Dean said: “We are planning a full service throughout the period of the overtime ban announced by the RMT.

“We owe it to our customers and the wider region to do everything we can to safely provide the service we promise, so that is why we are planning to safely operate a full normal service during any RMT industrial action.”

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