Search

Two days of strike action announced on Greater Anglia services

PUBLISHED: 16:02 24 October 2017

The new railcard is due to be rolled out nationally next spring.

The new railcard is due to be rolled out nationally next spring.

Archant

Greater Anglia services are set to be hit with two days of strike action next month.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out for 48 hours from Wednesday, November 8 as part of a dispute over the role of guards and driver only operation of trains.

Their colleagues on Southern and South Western Railway will also strike at the same time, while union members at Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North will strike for 24 hours on November 8.

The Greater Anglia strike follows two day-long walkouts earlier this month.

The network calls at London Liverpool Street, Stratford and Romford and extends to parts of Essex and Norfolk, and operates around 60 per cent of its trains without conductors.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Every single effort that RMT has made to reach negotiated settlements in these separate disputes with the different train operating companies over safe operation and safe staffing has been kicked back in our faces and we are left with no option but to confirm a further phase of industrial action in early November.

Richard Dean, train service delivery director at Greater Anglia said: “We are obviously disappointed with the announcement.

“We’re keen to avert industrial action and resolve the issues with further talks with the RMT.

“In the event of industrial action going ahead we’d like to reassure customers that we have contingency plans in place and intend to run a full service.

“We value our conductors highly and we have guaranteed their jobs until the end of the franchise in October 2025.

“In fact, we will be recruiting additional conductors, as we are replacing all of our trains with brand new trains from 2019, which will enable us to run more services.”

Latest Romford News Stories

53 minutes ago

The second Romford Film Festival will officially open and showcase the best independently made films at Premiere Cinema in Romford this Thursday, May 24.

11:55

A Romford man charged with the murder of 85-year-old Rosina (Rose) Coleman appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, May 21.

11:00

The motorist crashed his Nissan Navara in a ditch before carrying on driving.

A local charity supporting children with autism says two of its youth clubs in Romford and Rainham will have to close at the end of this month after Havering Council “slashed” its funding.

Yesterday, 12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Yesterday, 08:39

A man has been charged with the murder of 85-year-old Rosina (Rose) Coleman in Romford, on Tuesday, May 15.

Firstly, congratulations to all the returned and new councillors - of all parties and residents’ assocations - in the local elections of May 3.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Messing around on radio has been fun

PROMOTED CONTENT

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now