Merseyrail strike over driver-only trains has ‘rock solid’ support

The row is over plans for driver-only operation of new trains. Similar disputes have broken out across the rail industry.

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A strike by workers on Merseyrail in a dispute over driver-only trains was said to be “solidly supported”.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union walked out for 24 hours, disrupting services.

Merseyrail is running trains for golf fans going to the last day of The Open in Southport but no services were running across the rest of its network.

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The row is over plans for driver-only operation of new trains. Similar disputes have broken out across the rail industry.

The RMT and the drivers union Aslef met Transport Secretary Chris Grayling last week to try to break the deadlocked disputes and more talks are planned.

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 RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The strike action on Merseyrail in defence of rail safety and access is rock solid again this morning as RMT sends out the clearest possible message that the fight to retain guards on trains goes on.

“RMT members are standing up for the safety of passengers and that is what the strike action today is all about.

“Within the past 24 hours we have had reports of a guard extinguishing a fire on a train. Any hacking away at the role of the guard in the interests of private profit would have catastrophic consequences and Merseyrail and their supporters need to face up to that fact as a matter of urgency.”

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