Strikes over guards’ contracts to affect East Midlands Railway services

Nottingham railway station (Zac Goodwin/PA) (PA Wire)
11:14am, Mon 14 Jun 2021
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A series of fresh rail strikes will be held in a dispute over guards’ contracts.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on East Midlands Railway will walk out for eight days over the summer.

The union has accused the company of issuing inferior contracts to some train guards.

The 24-hour strikes will be held on June 27, July 4, 11, 18 and 25 and August 1, 8 and 15.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT has again been left with no choice but to call strike action on East Midlands Railway.

“This is due to East Midlands Railway continuing refusal to stop enforcing inferior contracts on some train guards in spite of the strength of feeling from the workforce.

“The patience of our members has reached its limit.

“The union remains available for talks to resolve this dispute and the lead officer has cleared his diary to discuss all outstanding disputes.”

The union members have already taken strike action in the dispute.

An East Midlands Railway spokesman said: “We are extremely disappointed the RMT has taken the decision to extend their strikes throughout the summer.

“At a time when the railway continues to benefit from taxpayer support and no one has been furloughed or lost their job this action damages our ability to support the East Midlands recovery from the Covid pandemic and attract people back to the railway and support public transport as a whole.

“We have robust contingency measures in place and will continue to run the vast majority of our advertised timetable on Sundays throughout the summer but we would encourage customers to check their journey before setting off.”

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