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ANOTHER strike date has been announced by Southern Rail drivers

PUBLISHED: 09:31 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:46 17 March 2017

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The RMT announced the latest date today (Friday)

The long-standing dispute between the RMT and Southern Rail has conjured up another day of strikes.

Today the rail workers’ union announced it will be holding strikes on April 4, as it continues to argue over the possible introduction of driver-only trains on the rail network.

Members of the union will be staging a 24-hour a strike, but the union claims ‘it will reconsider if a date is given for genuine talks’.

But Southern claims it hasn’t heard anything from the RMT on the latest strike action.

A spokesperson said: “We’ve not received any correspondence from the RMT on this matter. When we do we’ll review it and respond.

“In the meantime, they have announced a new strike date and we’ll plan accordingly if it goes ahead. We’ve been able to run over 90 per cent of our trains for our passengers on recent RMT strike days and we will plan to run a comprehensive service again.”

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access for nearly a year now and it is disgraceful that we have continued to be carved out of the talks process. That is a kick in the teeth for our members. This dispute needs to be pushed forwards and RMT would be prepared to reconsider our action if we get a commitment to a firm date for genuine and meaningful talks.

“All parties should be at the negotiating table and RMT’s continued exclusion means we have no option but to press ahead with further industrial action.”

“It is now down to Southern/GTR, and the contract holders in the Government, to face up to their responsibilities and engage in genuine and serious talks that address our issues.”

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