RMT calls off train guard strikes

The
RMT union has called off strikes by train guards after making "substantial
progress" in settling its dispute with train operating companies.

The
union has been arguing about the safety role of guards.

Currently,
guards stay with passengers if a train has an accident or breakdown, and try to
make sure passengers do not leave the train.

When
a situation like this arises, sole safety responsibility for the train lies
with the driver. The RMT argues that guards should help drivers to make the
train and track safe.

RMT
staff have already held strike action three times over the issue.

Bob
Crow, RMT general secretary, said action had been suspended after train
operators agreed unions should be included in consultations on changes to the
operational rulebook.

Strikes
had been planned for 6-7 May and 27-28 May.

By Quentin Reade

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