On Monday 13th March, members of the RMT on Northern Rail, Southern Rail and Merseyrail took strike action against the removal of safety-critical guards from trains. Below we print a report from the picket lines and a letter sent to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
About 25 pickets covered 2 entrance’s at Leeds Station, handing out thousands of leaflets to passengers, explaining why on safety grounds they had taken strike action.
Kevin Pattison, Leeds Socialist Party
Many members of the public stopped to offer support. 2 National TV channels were there and union officials took the opportunity to explain how dangerous DOO (driver only operated) trains are without the Guards, who are trained in 35 different areas of safety competency. I offered support from the National Shop Steward Network and an invitation to address Leeds TUC.
I was somewhat surprised to see that your piece on Mondays strike by RMT members on Northern Rail did not include a quote from the union explaining why they were striking.