South Western Railway strikes: 24-hour walk-out planned for Saturday called off

A 24-hour strike by South Western Railway staff planned for Saturday has cancelled, the Rail Maritime and Transport union has confirmed.

The union announced today that the 24-hour strike has been cancelled in order to allow further talks in a dispute over guards on trains.

In July, RMT members staged three bouts of industrial action causing disruption to services.

On August 1, talks aiming at stopping further strikes on South Western Railway broke down without reaching an agreement.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT has continued to work hard to reach a negotiated settlement in the South Western Railway guards’ safety dispute ‎and after a flurry of correspondence with the company this week our Executive has agreed to suspend this weekend’s strike action to allow for further talks on the specific issue of the guard guarantee.

“The rest of our planned action remains on and the union remains committed to negotiating a settlement with SWR in line with other recent agreements with train operators that protects safety, security and access to services.”

Further strikes are planned for 18,31 August and 1 September.

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