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One railworkers united against the sacking of a guard

Issue No. 2068

Over 800 rail workers in the RMT union at One railway are set to strike on Saturday of this week and Monday of next week, in support of a guard sacked following an incident with a violent and abusive passenger.

The strike is also in protest at the company’s neglect of staff safety. Workers will refuse to sell advance train tickets for the two strike dates from Thursday of this week.

Paul Yarwood was sacked following an incident with a passenger at Colchester North station on 7 June.

Some 100 guards, revenue protection inspectors and retail staff in north Essex have already taken two days of action in defence of Paul Yarwood. Workers in all grades across the company voted by more than five to one to join the dispute last month.

Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said, “Our members have shown their solidarity with Paul and their disgust at the company’s attitude to its own staff’s safety.

“It is astonishing that the company still seems to have its head buried in the sand, not least because of the huge public support that Paul has had from members of the public.

“Our members will be leafleting passengers during the strike to explain that the company’s bizarre stance has left us no option but to strike again.

“The size of the strike vote should have told One everything it needed to know about the effect its failure to support its staff is having on the people who have to face the daily danger of threats, abuse and assaults.”

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Tue 11 Sep 2007, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2068
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