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Island Line trains look set to be suspended for 3 days next month as staff join colleagues from across the country in industrial action.

The RMT Union has today (Wednesday) announced that a series of 24-hour strikes will take place in January as part of the ongoing dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Southern, South Western Railway, Island Line, Greater Anglia, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North will all be taking part in the action on 8th, 10th and 12th January – although Southern are only expected to strike on 8th.

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It is possible that a strike will be held on New Year’s Eve as well.

Mick Cash, General Secretary for the RMT has said:

“Every single effort that RMT has made to reach negotiated settlements in these separate disputes with the different train operating companies over safe operation and safe staffing has been kicked back in our faces and we are left with no option but to confirm a further phase of industrial action in the New Year.

“No one should be in any doubt, these disputes are about putting the safety of the travelling public before the profits of the private train companies.

“It is frankly ludicrous that we have been able to negotiate long-term arrangements in Scotland and Wales that protect the guards and passenger safety but we are being denied the same opportunities with rail companies in England.

“This suspension of normal industrial relations by the employers has to end if we are to make progress towards a solution that guarantees safe rail travel for all.”

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