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British Transport Union Calls Strikes Amid Train Guard Jobs Row

© Sputnik / Evgenya Novozhenina / Go to the photo bankBritish actor Ian McKellen, right, greets the themed train "Shakespeare Passions" on the Moscow Metro. The train has been launched on Filyovskaya Line under the project "Shakespeare Lives" which is dedicated to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death and marks the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016.
British actor Ian McKellen, right, greets the themed train Shakespeare Passions on the Moscow Metro. The train has been launched on Filyovskaya Line under the project Shakespeare Lives which is dedicated to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death and marks the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK’s transport trade union, RMT, on Thursday called strike action in October after failed talks with two railway firms on guarantees for train guards.

A 48-hour strike will take place on South Western Railway (SWR) on October 5 and 6, while guards and drivers at Arriva Rail North will stage a 48-hour walkout on October 6, 13 and 20.

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RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said in a published statement that the union’s hand had been forced after talks with Arrival Rail North collapsed this week. He likewise blamed SWR for refusing to engage in a serious talks process.

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