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    Rail Industry Recovery Group

    You put that well, last night I couldn't even think of how to respond to that. :lol:
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    RMT to fight the cuts

    All the business? Ah, no pay rises ever again potentially. The RailUK dream. How many places are actually in or are going to be in dispute, my excitable RMT press release obsessed friends? Many of the people complaining about the prospect of any pay rises now were the same ones disgusted by...
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    TSSA now in dispute with Network Rail

    I don't know of another organisation that creates more of a stir as regularly as the RMT seems to do here with each press release, usually on issues that the public would be completely disinterested in otherwise. Maybe there's method to what you and others would consider madness? Always have to...
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    2 x Class 185s, all passengers at York crammed into the front unit

    I doubt it was for their sake. More likely to have been to avoid Passcomms/Egress, which weren't risk free to deal with even pre-covid... But I agree with the sentiment of your last point.
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    Staff member stabbed seven times at Bromley South

    True, but they're not recruited, trained or equipped for free. They're also entitled to some expenses, though admittedly trivial in the grand scheme of things.
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    TSSA now in dispute with Network Rail

    Are they ever? :lol: No idea I'm afraid, surely only a matter of time though?
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    TSSA now in dispute with Network Rail

    When people are complaining about the TSSA being in dispute it's safe to say you don't accept any form of meaningful union representation on the railway...
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    Staff member stabbed seven times at Bromley South

    Even that artificially high number, given that you haven't accounted for the budget also paying for over 200 PCSO, 250+ Special Constables and 1500 Police Staff, is pretty good value when you take into account it includes the costs of wages and overtime, ongoing training, specialist training...
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    Extensive TfW cancellations on Valley Lines - Sun 30/5

    You should have put up a notice in the messrooms. If they'd known Robert, somewhere in the UK, wasn't going to give up his car if they didn't volunteer to work their day off so the timetabled 1tph/1tp2h could run up and down the Valleys, I'm sure they'd be sending people home for all the Spares...
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    Deal agreed between RMT and SWR regarding future role of guards

    We'll see how long the agreement is honoured. Regardless, SWR Guards still have a longer working week than many other TOCs and have given up even more T&Cs than they already had. Personally I'd argue the Metro Guards have a far less attractive role now. Paid £7k less than the Commercial Guards...
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    Deal agreed between RMT and SWR regarding future role of guards

    I'm guessing you're not familiar with train crew T&Cs? It looks like a poor deal to me. Even if DCO weren't included, fundamentally undermining their position going forwards, it wouldn't be an 'unbelievable generous deal', given what else they've had taken off them. Ah well, they shan't be...
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    New MD at Publicly-Owned TOC TfW Rail - Plus ca Change

    You couldn't make it up. Going for third time lucky on DOO disputes, bringing his expertise to the Valleys soon...
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    Accident Training?

    Pretty much the starting point for all training, contact signaller, laying track circuit operating clips/dets where applicable, ect. If anything how 'minor mishaps' are dealt with is more ambiguous.
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    RMT ScotRail conductors - Strike action regarding overtime payments

    So they were included in a ballot. You're under the impression those other grades weren't interested in industrial action, yet, you are, upset (?) that they 'soldier on, but now without a bonus', having seemingly chosen to accept that? What difference does it make to other grades if another...
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    RMT ScotRail conductors - Strike action regarding overtime payments

    Are you saying that the non-Guard grades voted against industrial action in an original ballot? Why would the members have voted for industrial action on that basis?
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    RMT ScotRail conductors - Strike action regarding overtime payments

    Funnily enough, upper management often seem to share that perspective. This is an industry in which the closest thing to unofficial industrial action I've seen was carried out by a Management grade who got passed over for an incentive deal that train crew (who they supervise) got. Never...
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    RMT ScotRail conductors - Strike action regarding overtime payments

    Personally I doubt it's about the pay, I imagine it's due to there being a discrepancy between the deals offered to the Drivers and Guards. These things usually cause the most ill feeling.
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    8 car trains stopping at 12 car platform position

    Policies vary widely by TOC.
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    How critical is the return of passengers and busy trains for railway jobs?

    The (apparently) empty trains might appeal once people experience the gridlocked roads caused by the jet set generation heading back to the old faithful UK holiday destinations of yore...
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    RMT ScotRail conductors - Strike action regarding overtime payments

    If you're talking about what we were talking about, this is in relation to people who just don't turn up to work their Sunday, putting out the employer, their colleagues and passengers if too many were at it... It would seem to be entirely at odds with the premises of "The Angry Silence".

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