RMT calls off train guard strikes

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

union has been arguing about the safety role of guards.

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

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.

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

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.

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

By Quentin Reade

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