Labour Research December 2019


Rail commitment

The RMT rail workers’ union has welcomed the commitment by Labour to end driver-only operation (DOO) on the national rail network, as it announced that action to keep guards on trains will go ahead on South Western Railway as planned.

The union said Labour’s announcement means that as well as the party opposing the government’s current attempts to expand DOO, a Labour government would also end DOO on the national rail network and guards would be guaranteed on all trains.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that ending DOO and putting safety critical guards back on trains “is a modern, transformational policy that will provide real change, especially for disabled and vulnerable passengers”.