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« Reply #120 on: January 05, 2020, 11:05:05 pm »

Send in Mark Hopwood...   Wink
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« Reply #121 on: January 06, 2020, 07:25:20 am »

Can Mark bring anything different to the negotiating table that his predecessor couldn’t if the same rules laid down by the Dft still apply?

Maybe a different less hostile approach to the RMT?
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« Reply #122 on: January 06, 2020, 11:12:35 am »

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The new boss of South Western Railway has told The Times that he won't give in to the demands of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union even though almost half the company's weekend trains were cancelled last month because of a strike.

Mark Hopwood, who takes up his new job today, says that caving in over the role of guards on trains would sacrifice the company's ability to improve punctuality.
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« Reply #123 on: January 06, 2020, 03:53:01 pm »

The main challenge will presumably be the long running dispute over DOO. Most industrial disputes can be solved by compromise, but this one looks different.
Trains are either DOO or they are not, compromises are not easy in a yes/no situation like this.

Meanwhile, I hope that GWR will not be neglected. Whilst I am not entirely in agreement with Mr. Hopwood, he is undoubtedly a man of wide experience who understands railways. And has had the courage to engage with this forum.
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« Reply #124 on: January 06, 2020, 06:38:41 pm »


Trains are either DOO or they are not, compromises are not easy in a yes/no situation like this.


Or they're DCO, or DOO(P), or Driver and OBS.
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« Reply #125 on: January 07, 2020, 02:31:48 pm »

interesting article discussing this issue at:

https://www.londonreconnections.com/2020/guards-in-name-only-dwell-times-and-the-swr-guards-dispute/
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« Reply #126 on: January 23, 2020, 03:18:05 pm »

More good news for SWR:
https://twitter.com/PaulCliftonBBC/status/1220358867047145472
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« Reply #127 on: January 23, 2020, 04:28:00 pm »

It is interesting to note that just less than half of those entitled to vote actually voted to strike with slightly more in favour of action short of strike.  It almost suggests that those not in favour didn't bother to vote.  I am sure that Boris will use this should he propose any new anti-union legislation.
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« Reply #128 on: January 23, 2020, 05:27:02 pm »

I am sure that Boris will use this should he propose any new anti-union legislation.

That will certainly encourage more people to use their vote.  Either for or against.
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« Reply #129 on: February 24, 2020, 01:11:01 pm »

Can Mark bring anything different to the negotiating table that his predecessor couldn’t if the same rules laid down by the Dft still apply?

Maybe a different less hostile approach to the RMT?
Simple answer...no. But to be fair was he ever going to?

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« Reply #130 on: March 03, 2020, 05:40:47 pm »

According to Twitter next week’s strikes have been suspended. 
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« Reply #131 on: March 03, 2020, 05:43:06 pm »


RMT website confirms the suspension of strikes to allow further talks on Friday

https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/swr-strike-action-suspended-to-allow-for-further-talks/
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« Reply #132 on: March 03, 2020, 07:32:04 pm »

Who blinked ??
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