Protests planned to mark the third anniversary of strikes against Southern Rail

A PROTEST is due to be held today to mark three years since the start of a bitter dispute about guards on trains.

Friday, 26th April 2019, 1:00 am
Lines across the south coast were disrupted last night. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will stage a demonstration against Southern Railway.

The union has reached agreements with a number of other train operators about the role of guards, but the row with Southern remains unresolved.

It’s caused misery for commuters across the Portsmouth region.

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The union said rail workers from across the country will join the protest in London, outside the offices of Keolis, which owns part of Southern franchisee Govia.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said the union had only ever faced ‘stubborn and point-blank refusal’ with Southern to enter ‘serious discussions’.

While a spokesman for Southern insisted industry safety bodies said drivers closing doors was ‘at least as safe’ as doors being closed by a conductor.