Southern Rail conductors ‘standing firm’ as more workers set to strike

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Southern Railway workers are ‘standing firm’ on the second day of strike action in the bitter dispute over the role of conductors, a union has said.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union have walked out for three days forcing the cancellation of hundreds of trains.

The union is planning further strikes in the coming weeks as the long-running row remains deadlocked.

Members of the train drivers’ union Aslef on Southern are to be balloted for strikes over driver-only trains.

Voting will be held next month meaning joint strikes could happen in December.

Mick Cash, leader of the RMT said: ‘RMT Southern guards are standing firm again this morning as they fight to defend safety and access on Britain’s biggest rail franchise.

‘RMT thanks the travelling public for their support and understanding as our members demand that passenger safety be put before private profit.

‘Southern Rail need to get out of their bunker and start serious and genuine talks with the trade unions.’