Scotland

RMT announces new strike dates in ScotRail dispute

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Image caption The strike centres on proposals to extend the use of driver-only trains

The RMT has announced two new days of strike action in an ongoing dispute with ScotRail over driver-only trains.

The union said it had "no option" but to stage 24-hour strikes on Sunday 24 and 31 July after the failure of talks through the conciliation service Acas.

The union opposes any extension of driver-only trains and wants guards to be in control of operating doors.

ScotRail said 59% of customers already travel on a train where the doors are safely opened and closed by the driver.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "The entire trade union movement stands shoulder to shoulder with the ScotRail staff fighting for the basic principles of rail safety who once again showed their resilience and determination over the weekend in the latest phase of industrial action.

"Despite this series of rock-solid strikes, it is extraordinary that Abellio/Scotrail continue to ignore the strength of feeling amongst their staff over the extension of DOO (driver-only operation).

"That disgraceful and cavalier approach to jobs and safety on Scotland's railways now leaves us with no choice but to put on additional strike dates."

He added: "The union remains available for serious and meaningful talks."

ScotRail has insisted that it would always ensure a second member of staff was onboard every train to assist the driver in emergencies.

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