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BRITAIN-LONDON-RAILWAY-STRIKE by .
- Commuters wait on a platform at Clapham Junction Station as Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members hold placards at Waterloo Station as Northern, Merseyrail, South Western Railway and Greater Anglia workers went on strike over separate issues including the role of train guards and the extension of driver-only services, in London, Britain on Jan. 8, 2018. (Xinhua/Tim Ireland) (zf)

Workers of South Western Railway begin 27-day strike. The unprecedented industrial action means 850 SWR trains will be cancelled every day on one of the country’s busiest rail networks…. reports Asian Lite News

BRITAIN-LONDON-RAILWAY-STRIKE by .
– Commuters wait on a platform at Clapham Junction Station as Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members hold placards at Waterloo Station as Northern, Merseyrail, South Western Railway and Greater Anglia workers went on strike over separate issues including the role of train guards and the extension of driver-only services, in London, Britain on Jan. 8, 2018. (Xinhua/Tim Ireland) (zf)

Workers for South Western Railway (SWR), a British train operating company, began their 27-day strike on Monday, causing chaos for an estimated 16 million commuters.

The unprecedented industrial action means 850 SWR trains will be cancelled every day on one of the country’s busiest rail networks, The Daily Mail reported.

SWR runs 1,850 trains a day across London, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Devon. It serves London Waterloo, Britain’s busiest station.

The strike comes after talks between the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and SWR over a long-running dispute over guards on trains broke down, the BBC said.

The union has been demanding that guards should oversee the operation of doors and perform other safety functions in dispatching trains.

The company’s proposals would leave guards as “glorified porters” without any safety responsibilities, the union added.

Managing director of SWR Andy Mellors said the action was “unnecessary” but the issue needed settled before a new fleet of modern suburban trains is introduced next year.

“We’ve been very clear that we’re committed to keeping a guard on our trains and those guards will have safety critical competencies. Our proposals will make guards more customer facing and improve safety, security and accessibility.”

Frustrated passengers on freezing cold platforms took to Twitter on Monday morningto complain about overcrowding, cancellations and delays.

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