Mixed picture in DOO strikes

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 3:18 Author: By a train driver

RMT Conductor and Senior Conductor members at Greater Anglia are set to strike for two more days on 16 and 23 June, as the dispute at that franchise rumbles on.

As with Northern and Southern, where RMT members also struck on 24 and 26 May, the dispute at Greater Anglia appears no closer to a resolution and there is no sign of the union looking to escalate the action to force the employers’ hands.

Things have developed at Merseyrail and at Southwestern Railway, however. The union and Merseyrail have been at ACAS on and off for some weeks now, presumably thrashing out some sort of settlement, although there are no details of what that settlement might look like.

At Southwestern the employer has also agreed to go to ACAS for conciliation, so strikes there scheduled to coincide with those at Southern and Northern were called off as a “good will gesture”.

The outcome at Merseyrail will be interesting — as this is where all but two Aslef drivers have refused to cross RMT picket lines.

If the settlement represents a win for RMT, that will clearly show what can be achieved by real solidarity and will raise serious questions for Aslef members elsewhere.

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