RMT union calls new one-day strike by Greater Anglia guards

Representatives from the RMT defending the role of the guard. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Representatives from the RMT defending the role of the guard. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Greater Anglia guards who are members of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union are to hold another one-day strike on Saturday, May 5, over who should open train doors.

Greater Anglia insists the action will not affect passengers – it has trained other staff to take on their roles.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The vital safety role of guards is still under threat and the extension of driver only operation remains a serious risk.”

The union agreed to one-person operation of about 60% of GA trains several years ago.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, said: “We are very disappointed that the RMT has announced a strike.


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Our position remains the same: we highly value our conductors, we’re keeping them on our trains, but we want them to concentrate on customer service rather than opening and closing doors. We will continue to attempt to talk to the RMT to try to find an acceptable solution.”

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