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Southern Rail passengers face more misery as new round of strikes gets underway

PUBLISHED: 09:47 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:47 22 November 2016

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The RMT said strike action is "rock solid and determined"

Thousands of travellers faced fresh disruption today as another round of strikes by Southern Rail staff got underway.

Industrial action is taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as part of an ongoing dispute between the rail operator and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union over the role of conductors.

Southern is planning to run 61 per cent of its normal timetable and said more services will be available compared with previous strikes.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash described the strike action as “rock solid and determined”.

“The sheer pig-headedness of the company and the government means that our members are being forced to take further industrial action this week in a bid to maintain a safe and secure service on Southern Rail,” he added.

“The blame for today’s disruption is wholly down to GTR and [transport secretary] Chris Grayling.

“RMT calls on the government to force Southern back to the negotiating table instead of just jamming their heads in the sand.”

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