RMT suspends Saturday's South Western Railway strike

Northern 156491 departs Leeds

Northern 156491 departs Leeds

But the union also announced that a strike on Saturday on South Western Railway (SWR) has been suspended to allow further talks to be held.

At the same time, another walk-out over the removal of guards, planned for Saturday on South Western Railway, was called off to allow further negotiations.

This means that South Western Railway will be running a full timetable of train services this coming Saturday, 11th August 2018.

'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'. The rail operator said talks with the RMT failed to reach a resolution, accusing the union of failing to accept the same terms agreed on another franchise.

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Wigan will be faced with strikes on three successive Saturdays as a long rail safety dispute goes on.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) were due to carry out 24-hour industrial action on Saturday.

"Northern is doing everything possible to find a solution to the RMT's dispute and maintains that talking costs nothing, whilst strike action causes inconvenience to customers and damages the case for long-term investment in rail", Richard Allan Northern's deputy managing director, said.

The strikes still in place are on 18, 31 August and 1 September. A further day of talks has also been proposed for Friday 17 August.

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