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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-24-09

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Another Merseyrail Strike set to take place in October

RMT said that the TUC's members have voted unanimous, passing a motion promising to maximise support for Merseyrail and workers on Southern, Northern, Greater Anglia and South Western Railway in the disputes on Merseyrail and other franchises over driver only operated trains. RMT strike action will take place, on 3 October and 5 October 2017. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:- "RMT welcomes the unanimous support of the entire Trade Union movement for our campaigns to keep the guards on our trains which now stretch right across the country. The Government and their private rail contractors need to understand‎ that we have national support from millions of workers for the fight to put rail safety before private profit. This unanimous vote is a massage shot in the arm for RMT's national campaign to defend the guards on our trains."

Frank Rogers Merseytravel Chief Executive said:- "It is very disappointing that the RMT has decided to strike while the transformational upgrade of Lime Street mainline station, designed to help make the Liverpool City Region a better place to live, work and attract investment and jobs, is taking place. he RMT has made a point of targeting key events in the City Region calendar and seems to want to continue to disrupt the travelling public by calling the strikes during the Lime Street works. It is clear that their London based Executive are prepared to sacrifice growth and development in Liverpool to support their position in the South on what is a very different networks to ours. We have been working with key City Region stakeholders to present a strong message that our City Region will be open for business during the Lime Street works. As with previous strikes Merseytravel, together with transport operators, are working on robust contingency plans and these will be published as soon as possible so that passengers can plan their journeys. Merseyrail has confirmed its open door policy with the unions. I would urge the RMT to take up this offer and get back round the table so that we can bring this needless dispute and disruption to our passengers to an end."


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