COMMUTERS in the south of England may face problems getting home for Christmas, on the Saturday before Christmas Day as rail staff prepare to strike.
Members of the RMT Union doing work for South Western Railway will undoubtedly be holding a strike, December 22, causing travel problems in Portsmouth and all of those other Solent region.
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Workers at the business are to strike on December 22 in the long-running dispute over guards on trains. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ‘South Western Railway continues to won’t resolving this dispute, that is about safety, security and access as the company turn to start a loophole that could allow them to perform driver-only services at their discretion.
‘Recent figures show a shocking a surge in violence on our railways.
‘It really is frankly appalling that South Western Railway are trying to find a green light to throw the guard off their trains as so when they see easily fit into the name of profit.
‘There is a simple treatment for this dispute also it means SWR stop using words and negotiate the guard guarantee that reflects the safety values of the agreements RMT has pinned down in other areas of the rail industry.’
Exact information on the way the strike shall affect the Portsmouth region haven’t yet been announced.