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RMT protesters gather outside Parliament as row with Southern goes on

PUBLISHED: 15:45 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:45 01 November 2016

RMT protesters outside the Houses of Parliament voicing their opposition to Southern Rail plans

RMT protesters outside the Houses of Parliament voicing their opposition to Southern Rail plans

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The union is protesting the possible threat to guards on the rail

Unionists protested outside the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday afternoon as a row over rail workers’ roles continues.

The RMT and Southern Rail have been in a bitter dispute over the role of guards on Southern’s rail network for months.

“This demonstration is a chance to show not only RMT’s opposition to Southern/GTR’s profit motivated drive to get rid of guards on trains, but also to hear from those who will be most affected by the proposed cuts, including pensioners and the disabled.”

Southern, which runs metro services in Bromley and trains from Ashford and Tonbridge, has made repeated offers to the rail workers’ union.

The latest offer includes job assurances for the next five years.

RMT has planned strike action for Friday and Saturday this week.

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