- Created: Sunday, 26 November 2017 14:23
- Written by Seamus O Tuairisc
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT) called on their members to stage a 48-hour walkout in early November in protest against Southern Rail’s plan to abolish the railway guard on all their trains across Surrey and Sussex, making them ‘Driver only’. This is in spite of the Government and Southern’s parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), both promising passengers that they will keep this vital second person on trains. They claim that abolishing the guard – which would result in 400 workers losing their jobs - is necessary, because it would cut costs and new developments in technology would help to increase safety standards.