GUARDS IN the RMT union on ten companies are to strike for 24 hours on Friday 28 March, Monday 31 March and Thursday 17 April after talks failed to secure their safety role.
The companies are Arriva Trains Merseyside, Central Trains, Connex South Eastern, Govia South Central, Midland Mainline, ScotRail, Silverlink, Thames Trains, Virgin West Coast and Virgin Cross Country. Guards on two other train operators - Wales and Borders, and Wessex Trains - are to be reballoted.
The strikes are about defending safety on the railways but are also a significant challenge to the train operating companies' drive to make their employees work harder for longer.
The RMT has moved to settle a dispute on EWS after the threat of strike action won an improved pay offer and moves to introduce a 35-hour week. The union suspended a strike on First Great Eastern scheduled for Monday of this week after forcing bosses to increase their pay offer to 5.5 percent.