#RMT: new #strikes, evidence of #DOO ‘collusion’ among ‘independent’ bodies

The SKWAWKBOX

The RMT rail union has announced three days of further strike action in its safety battle with rail operators over their push toward ‘driver-only operation’ (DOO) – as evidence emerges of ‘collusion’ among supposedly-independent rail bodies.

merseyrail sketch.pngThe strikes, which will affect Merseyrail, Southern and Arriva Rail North services, will take place as follows:

Southern: 10 July
Arriva: 8-10 July
Merseyrail: 8 July, 10 July, 23 July

The dispute is over the demonstrable impact of switching further services to DOO on the safety and security of passengers, particularly the elderly, infirm, women travelling alone and families with children.

At the same time, evidence has emerged of email exchanges among ‘independent’ rail bodies including the Rail Safety and Standards Board on the topic of how to achieve the extension of DOO, including a statement that it is government policy to extend DOO across the entire rail network – making a complete mockery…

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