Two days of strike action announced on Greater Anglia services
PUBLISHED: 16:02 24 October 2017
Greater Anglia services are set to be hit with two days of strike action next month.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out for 48 hours from Wednesday, November 8 as part of a dispute over the role of guards and driver only operation of trains.
Their colleagues on Southern and South Western Railway will also strike at the same time, while union members at Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North will strike for 24 hours on November 8.
The Greater Anglia strike follows two day-long walkouts earlier this month.
The network calls at London Liverpool Street, Stratford and Romford and extends to parts of Essex and Norfolk, and operates around 60 per cent of its trains without conductors.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Every single effort that RMT has made to reach negotiated settlements in these separate disputes with the different train operating companies over safe operation and safe staffing has been kicked back in our faces and we are left with no option but to confirm a further phase of industrial action in early November.
Richard Dean, train service delivery director at Greater Anglia said: “We are obviously disappointed with the announcement.
“We’re keen to avert industrial action and resolve the issues with further talks with the RMT.
“In the event of industrial action going ahead we’d like to reassure customers that we have contingency plans in place and intend to run a full service.
“We value our conductors highly and we have guaranteed their jobs until the end of the franchise in October 2025.
“In fact, we will be recruiting additional conductors, as we are replacing all of our trains with brand new trains from 2019, which will enable us to run more services.”