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29/01/02
Extra Strikes Called as 'Stooges' Move Backfires
- SWT in trouble over re-training scheme

NEXT week's planned two day rail strike has been increased to four as the RMT union reacted with fury to South West Trains's decision to replace strikers with new recruits.

"South West Trains are wasting time and money training managers and other willing stooges to undertake RMT members' duties," said Vernon Hince, RMT acting general secretary.

SWT hope to have nearly half of their daily 1,700 services running during the stoppage, up from 600 last time out and are pressing ahead with the hiring of new staff and re-training of others.

"We will do our very best to run as many services as possible," said Andrew Hill, managing director of SWT.

The original dispute between unions and management is over pay, with SWT offering 7.5 per cent over 18 months, substantially less than a recent increase given to train drivers, who are mostly represented by the ASLEF union.




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