Saturday September 1 will mark the end of industrial action which is just the latest in a string of strikes amid the union's concerns for public safety as the Driver Only Operation
The union says operators must retain guards and limit the implementation of "driver only operation
Guards can step in to protect the train and the passengers - but Northern don't want to give the guarantee of a guard on every train, indeed they have accepted a franchise specification from the Tory government that says at least 50% of services can be operated under DCO the new name for Driver Only Operation
- at the moment on Northern it's 0%!
The Team Valley company, which develops advanced security and surveillance systems for the defence, rail and security markets, was tasked with supplying the rail equipment firm with its eyeTrain saloon and Driver Only Operation
The new contract, which is worth in excess of [pounds sterling]1m, is for the supply of eyeTrain saloon and Driver Only Operation
(DOO) systems, which will be fitted to new four-car Electrostar Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) trains to be built by Bombardier.
The RMT said the issues in dispute remained the same: lack of assurances over TUPE - security of terms and conditions when workers are transferred to a new employer - and job protection on engineering grades; the proposed introduction of driver only operation
, with door operation procedures to transfer from the guard to driver, regarded as potentially unsafe by the union; and the proposed removal of buffet/restaurant car facilities from new rolling stock due to be introduced.
A friend in bus company management told me that the original economic case for driver only operation
was extremely weak and it was only the Treasury's obsession with demanding everything in sight and its willingness to pay for modified buses that brought DOO in.
In a direct attack on both Labour Mayors, Mr Cash added: "Our members on Merseyrail are angry that senior Labour figures have chosen to ignore party policy on Driver Only Operation
to side with the private company, rather than our safetycritical guards.
Staff have walked out three times this year as part of their campaign against Driver Only Operation
The Team Valley company, which develops advanced security and surveillance systems, has been tasked with supplying the rail equipment firm with its EYETRAIN saloon and Driver Only Operation