- Rail workers for South Western Railway have announced that they are to go on strike for the majority of December in a row over guards.
- The disruption is expected to cause travel chaos for commuters and Christmas shoppers.
- South Western Railway staff will walk out on December 2 until January 2, only returning to work on the day of the General Election.
- The strike is officially not taking place on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, but the company will not be running services on those days anyway.
- The RMT union cited SWR’s ‘unremitting failure to give assurances that their new operational model won’t move to Driver Controlled Operation – with the role of the guard butchered completely – means the union has been left with no alternative but to call further industrial action.’
- South Western Railway strike dates the union said staff will walk out from midnight on Monday December 2 until midnight 11.59pm on December 11.
- They will then go on strike again from midnight on Friday December 13 until 11.59pm on December 24.
- The third strike action will take place from Friday December 27 until 11.59pm on January 1, 2020.
Below is a map of the routes affected by this industrial action;