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Rail strikes: talks between Southern and RMT break down at ACAS

Monday 15th August 2016

Trades unions and rail bosses have failed to find an agreement in a dispute over the role of train guards on the Southern rail network.

It was hoped operator Govia Thameslink (GTR) and the RMT could find common ground at conciliation service Acas but ended without reaching a deal.

Reportedly the unions "rejected out of hand" management proposals.

It seems increasingly likely that the unions will call for more strike action.

GTR passenger services director Angie Doll said the union would not agree a deal.

RMT bosses are fighting plans by GTR to turn conductors into "on-board supervisors" with drivers taking over responsibility for opening and closing carriage doors.

The union wants to ensure there is a second person on the train for safety reasons.