Northern Rail staff balloted on strike over train guards

WORKERS on Northern Rail were being balloted today on taking strike action over the introduction of driver-only trains.

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Some 1,200 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union were being asked to vote on the issue, which has crippled services in the south.

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RMT general secretary Mick Cash said the union would “fight to retain the safety-critical role of the guard and to keep a guard on the train”.

A company spokesman said: “We want to agree a constructive resolution to this dispute. Should any strike action go ahead, we want to reassure our customers that we are preparing plans to keep them moving.”