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Posted by: John Brace | 7th January 2018

What did Cllr Gordon Friel answer when asked about guards and the Merseyrail strike?

What did Cllr Gordon Friel answer when asked about guards and the Merseyrail strike?

                                              

Cllr Gordon Friel (Transport Committee, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 4th January 2018 answering questions about Merseyrail strike action

Cllr Gordon Friel (Transport Committee, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 4th January 2018 answering questions about Merseyrail strike action

In an update to the blog post headlined Why are there 3 further days of strike action on the Merseyrail network this month?, on Thursday afternoon I asked Cllr Gordon Friel questions about the strike referred to in that earlier post.

However, first a video which forms part of the RMT union’s campaign to keep the guards which describes how it would be for passengers on a train without a guard.

Unguarded (RMT Union campaign video)

Below is video of myself asking Cllr Gordon Friel about the reasons why Merseytravel placed a contract for driver only trains and also his reaction to the Minister’s comments during a House of Commons debate on the matter.

Transport Committee (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 4th January 2018 Public Question Time

He answered that, “whatever decision we were going to be making was going to be scrutinised by everyone” and that it was “important … that we were making the right decision, not an easy decision but the right decision”.

Cllr Friel said that if anything arose on the new driver-only trains that the driver and the next staffed station would be told. He also said that the existing guards would be guaranteed a job, at the same pay with the same conditions.

He said, “I implore all sides in this issue to get together and get through discussions. Having that industrial action is something and we’re still two years away from any resolution to this, is not in everyone’s interests. I think there’s room for discussion on this.”

Further one day strikes are planned this month for Monday 8th January 2018, Wednesday 10th January 2018 and Friday 12th January 2018.

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