DOO strikes need driver support

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 12:15 Author: Gemma Short

RMT train guards fighting Driver-Only Operation (DOO) struck again, on Southern and Northern rail on 1 and 4 September and on Merseyrail on 1, 3 and 4 September.

Meetings between RMT and train operators have produced nothing, and Arriva Rail North (who run the Northern network) said they only wanted to discuss the ″terms of surrender″ by the union!

Despite train drivers’ union Aslef not being in dispute at Merseyrail or Northern, all Merseyrail drivers continue to respect RMT picket lines and some are doing the same at Northern.

RMT pickets on Southern at Brighton were harassed by police and Southern managers on the 1 September strike, when police and managers tried to demand they leave as the area was ″private property″, and falsely claimed the picket was being conducted without complying with the Trade Union Act requirement of a picket supervisor.

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