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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 October 2018

South Western rail workers launch five-day safety strike to save guards

Guards on strike at Fratton joined by RMT president Sean Hoyle, photo Socialist Party

Guards on strike at Fratton joined by RMT president Sean Hoyle, photo Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Workers on South Western Railway are striking for five days from 23 to 27 October against management plans to remove the safety-critical role of the guard.

Bosses refuse to engage in serious talks with transport union RMT to reach agreement in the long-running dispute over 'driver-only operation' (DOO).

The Socialist Party is taking part in the National Shop Stewards Network's 'Solidarity Saturday' in support of the strike.

On 20 October, street stalls will take place in Southampton, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Basingstoke and Woking.

Guards and drivers have four further 24-hour Saturday strikes planned in their latest phase of action this autumn, on 3, 10, 17 and 24 November.

No to DOO! Save the guard!

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In The Socialist 17 October 2018:


What we think

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News

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Uber drivers strike against unfair 'deactivation' and low pay

Bolton hospital workers strike

Grimethorpe dinner ladies stage all-out strike against redundancy

Cable makers' pay strike bites as production falls 33%

Newham finance staff fight pay and grading insult


International socialist news and analysis

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Engels

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Devon foster carers fight 30% cut in allowances

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Opinion

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