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  • SWR peace talks break down, so strikes will go ahead The series of strikes called for almost every day throughout December on South Western Railway is on. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ˜RMT is angry and frustrated that a set of proposals that would have guaranteed the safety-critical role of the guard at the point of despatch, and which would have cost the company absolutely nothing, have been kicked back in our faces.™ SWR responded: ˜We have done everything we can and more to meet the RMT™s outdated demands with our promise of a guard on every train, and a safety critical role for that guard. What we are not prepared to compromise on ...

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