Northern, Southern rail and Merseyside rail staff have gone on strike because certain rail companies are considering only having the driver as the staff on the train to save costs. However, this would mean that at least one person per train would lose their job and it would mean the driver, as well as driving the train, would have to do the conductor’s job. The rail employees are going on strike for 24 hours in a row over keeping guards on trains 100 managers were drafted to do conductor duties to allow some trains to run.
Transport bosses have appealed for people to work from home in order to minimise delays. It is said that 60% of Northern rail services will be cancelled as guards and drivers walk out for 24 hours over keeping guards on trains. The strike is happening between 12:01 am and 11:59pm on Monday 20th of March.
Arriva North West showed they wanted to help with the traffic when they tweeted:
“Northern Rail train tickets will be valid on Arriva buses in the North West to help passengers during RMT industrial action.” – 13th March
Andy Heath of Merseyrail said “It is unfortunate that many drivers took the decision not to work today.”
While Southern rail said it aimed to run most of its 2,200 trains, more than half of Arrivals services were cancelled because of the strike.
The RMT strike on southern is the 30th since a row over if a conductor is needed almost a year ago. Unions have argued that the changes mean conductor’s will be sacked but rail operators have vowed that this is not the case.
Northern rail said it plans to run 980 services during the strike (which is about 40% of Northern rail services normal timetable.)
We asked the public about their opinions on the rail strike and this is what we got:
“I understand why the railway workers went on strike and I agree with them.”
“If they went on strike again for similar reasons I would go with them as I agree with them.”
“Everyone has their right times to go on strike and this is not one of them this strike is very inconvenient for the public and any train users.”
The train strikes, although seen as an inconvenience by some people, are mainly respected and appreciated.
By Jack and Ben – Correspondents for General News section