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  1. Published on: 11/01/2017 05:28 PMReported by: roving-eye
    RAIL UNION RMT has told Merseyrail that it will be in dispute with the company if it fails by January 26 to provide cast-iron assurances around the future of the safety critical role of the guard.



    The union has written to Merseyrail following the recent announcement that new rolling stock to be procured for the network would be configured for driver-only operation, and that guards would be removed from all Merseyrail services.

    As well as grave concerns over the downgrading of passenger safety that introduction of DOO represents on Merseyrail, the union also has concerns over the future job security of fleet maintenance workers affected by the decision.

    RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
    “The union’s position on Driver Only Operation is perfectly clear. We will not agree to any extensions of DOO and will fight to retain the safety critical role of the guard and to keep a guard on the train.

    “RMT has asked Merseyrail on numerous occasions for assurances that any new trains will have a second safety critical crew member on board and that the guard will be retained on all services.

    “To date, the company has failed to provide the union with these assurances.

    “If Scotrail, which is run by Abellio, the same franchisee that operates Merseyrail, can introduce new trains with guards, then so can Merseyrail.

    “And if Stadler, which is building the Merseyrail trains, can build conventionally operated trains for the Greater Anglia franchise, which is also run by Abellio, then it can build them for Merseyrail.

    “I have written to Merseyrail and informed them that if we haven’t received assurances over the safety critical role of the guard by 26th January then we will be in dispute with the company.”

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  3. ECHOEONE says:12/01/2017 09:49 AM
    Living in the past - draping themselves in the flag of safety; rather than the reality of their self interest!

  4. local says:12/01/2017 11:25 AM
    Am I alone in thinking another pair of eyes on a train is a good thing.

    This relentless removal of peoples jobs particularly at the lower end seems very short sighted.

  5. birdbath says:12/01/2017 01:21 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by local View Post
    Am I alone in thinking another pair of eyes on a train is a good thing.

    This relentless removal of peoples jobs particularly at the lower end seems very short sighted.
    You are not alone. The traveller will still be paying top whack whilst foregoing the reassurance of a train guard. Anyone who thinks that driver only trains will lead to cheaper fares should be sectioned.

  6. ausard2 says:13/01/2017 12:07 PM
    OMG next we will be getting rid of the blonde bus conductor, then the moron
    passenger wil have find the button ring the bell {HELP]
    Reality there will be no guards on trains in less than 5 years , the idiot
    passenger pays the ludicrous high wages that are paid.
    Question . how many of the grass root staff on the railways are not union
    members?


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