More than 350,000 commuters who depend on South West Trains will be seeing red next month when guards strike over their brightly coloured waistcoats.
Guards and platform staff are staging the industrial action on May 3 and May 11 because they believe the waistcoats make them look like ‘bellboys’ and are unhappy about being forced to wear name badges and some roster arrangements.
A spokesman for South West Trains said, the red waistcoats were part of a uniform, which had been agreed with the RMT, when it was first introduced in 1999.
He added, “These issues can be resolved through discussion. We urge the RMT to think about our passengers and come back to the table.”
Bob Crow, assistant general secretary for the RMT, who accused South West Trains of ignoring correct procedures, said his members disagreed with the way rosters were drawn-up and thought the waistcoats made them look ridiculous.