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First Great Western workers strike for train safety in Wales and the South West

Issue No. 2469

Strikers in Bristol

Strikers in Bristol

Workers at First Great Western (FGW) rail struck for 72 hours over the bank holiday weekend. 

Across the south west of England and in Wales key routes were severely disrupted with many cancellations. 

There was heavy overcrowding on those trains that did run.

The workers’ RMT union is fighting against new conditions and the impact on jobs, services and safety stemming from the introduction of high-speed intercity trains.

RMT said although some progress had been made in talks key areas in the dispute remain unresolved.

These include a lack of guards and buffet cars on new trains.

What is happening on FGW is not an isolated attack. 

Bosses across the industry want to bring in driver-only operation as a means to squeeze more work out of staff and cut jobs to boost profits. 

Bosses claim services will be faster and more frequent. 

But there are serious implications if you cut jobs that could affect safety on the railways. And there is no doubt they will continue to hike up fares. FGW workers are right to strike.

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