Just what precisely is the dispute between RMT and Southwestern Railway? What is SWR management position / response regarding the dispute? So many people this week will be affected, inconvenienced, lose money, be late for essential business meetings etc. etc. RMT seem just to be able to announce a strike with no or little public view or scrutiny. How can we, the travelling public raise our profile and have a voice in this? Enough is enough.
Hi Ray, a statement from our Managing Director can be found on our website regarding the ongoing industrial action > www.southwesternrailway.com/.../rmt-strike
I quite agree! I have been travelling from Woking to Waterloo for nearly 15 years and the problems are getting worse. Overcrowding is at such a level that I am now travelling 2 hours earlier just to have the slim chance of getting a seat. Train / bus crews should not have the right to strike. Transport links should be protected as they are the 'life blood' of the nation enabling people to reach their places of work. There definitely should be a guard on the train for health & safety reasons! It is a 'no-brainer'. As a teacher taking students out of school we had a ratio of staff to students to fulfil stringent safety requirements. The train driver has enough to focus on and definitely requires a colleague to be present to share the responsibility of hundreds of passengers especially if an emergency arises. If the train companies really cared about the welfare of their passengers and their staff there would never have been a dispute in the first place! Enough is definitely enough!!
Yes Thanks. I am curious. The statement includes, " .. I am sorry to say that the RMT has again rejected our proposals and plans to go ahead with next week’s strikes." On what basis did they reject your proposals?? It's really difficult to find anything definitive. Seems, from your input there are no grounds for dispute?! You say you'll provide guards, the public seem to want guards. What's really going on here?
I travelled from Fleet to Waterloo this morning on the 0710, no seats at Farnborough, and people left on the platform further up the line! Such huge overcrowding I worry about safety. The person standing in for guard was very open, informative and apologetic
Talking in a general sense, without industrial action guards would have done away with a long time ago.
What are your thoughts on teachers being allowed to strike? Because if teachers are out of strike this means many parents are forced to stay at home preventing them from reaching their place of work.
The fact that a particular example of industrial action causes you an inconvenience is not a reason to restrict them. In fact it is quite the opposite. Industrial action is supposed to cause inconvenience as it highlights the role that sector plays in society/industry as a whole. These particular strikes are designed to highlight the significant role that guards play in the safety of passengers. The fact that a teacher needs this spelt out to them concerns me somewhat.
I believe the dispute now is about what should happen if a guard were to phone in sick at last minute. RMT would rather have the service cancelled, SWR would rather run with a driver only.