Eastleigh Constituency Labour Party support the strike action announced by the RMT union on South Western Railway on the basis that SWR have failed to guarantee the future of the safety critical role of the on-board guards.
The guards clearly play a major role in the safety of passengers boarding and alighting. This is on top of the support they provide for disabled passengers to board and alight and to vulnerable persons travelling alone. Advances in technology and efficiency should not be at the expense of passenger safety and experience.
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