GUARDS AT train operator c2c struck on Wednesday of last week and Monday and Tuesday this week. They are fighting plans to strip them of safety responsibilities. Services between London and Essex were heavily disrupted, with only one in five trains running.
The guards are set to start an overtime ban later this month. Combined with a work to rule, it could cancel half of the firm's services every day. Management at c2c are trying to look tough. They declared there is no trade dispute between them and the RMT union and demanded that the union pays £4.5 million damages over the strikes.
c2c and Midland Mainline are the only two train operating firms which have refused to heed the union's ten-point safety charter.