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CrossCountry train staff to go on strike today

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8:43am 19th November 2017

Train managers and senior conductors on CrossCountry trains are going to stage a series of strikes in a row over work patterns, with the first one taking place today

It will affect services from York towards Birmingham and the South West, as well as some services towards the North East and Scotland.

Cross Country, who are owned by Arriva, say they plan to run a limited service will run on some routes between 9am and 7pm.

Virgin Trains East Coast will accept tickets on some services between Doncaster and Edinburgh.
Those with tickets today are allowed to travel tomorrow instead.

Further walkouts are planned for 26th November, 9th and 10th December, as well as Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

A spokesman for CrossCountry said:

"It is disappointing the RMT is calling for its members to strike when we have already held extensive talks and feel that both sides recognise how this can be resolved without causing disruption to rail users.

"In the event that the strikes take place, we will only be able to operate a limited train service between 09:00 and 19:00. We have made available full information on our website about which routes will be operating, what alternative travel arrangements are available and options for using tickets that have already been purchased.

"To call strikes before the new year is extraordinary and will significantly disrupt our customers' journeys and place a heavy burden on our staff as we approach the Christmas holidays. We urge the RMT to call off these strikes and allow talks to continue."

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“It is disgraceful that the management at Arriva effectively sabotaged talks on Wednesday that were making progress towards a settlement to this dispute and were instead focussed on dishing out cash bungs to a dangerous scab army of under-cooked management recruits to try and break the action.

“Our members are standing up for the principles of a decent work life balance and against the abuse of rostering and Sunday working by a management that is out of control.

“The action goes ahead and the disruption to services will be solely down to Arriva managements intransigence.”

More information on how train services will be affected by the planned strike is available on this special page of the Cross Country website...


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