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Published by Lisa Darvill at 3:13pm 9th August 2018. (Updated at 4:26pm 9th August 2018)

Workers on Northern Rail are to stage a fresh series of 24-hour strikes. 

Rail union RMT has announced today that there'll be a walkout on the 25th August and 1st and 8th September. 

The union is in a continuing dispute with a number of companies over the role of guards.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

"RMT committed to talks in good faith with Northern but instead of making progress towards a settlement that matches the best practice in the rail industry as negotiated elsewhere the company have opted instead to play and fast and loose making a mockery of the exercise. Our reps know when they are being strung along and it's that attitude from the company that has forced us to announce this next phase of action. 

"RMT members on Arriva Rail North have been in dispute for well over a year now in a battle to put public safety before private profit and we are angry and frustrated that a genuine opportunity to reach an agreement has been kicked back by the company. 

"We thank the public for their support and understanding throughout this dispute over rail safety and access and the union remains ready for genuine and serious talks."

Richard Allan, Deputy MD, Northern, said:

"The RMT’s announcement of yet more strike action is disappointing and frustrating. This will be a blow for our customers.

"It comes despite Northern proposing and entering into a joint working party with RMT on the future of the on-board role. We have agreed a terms of reference for those talks, agreed to discuss the RMT’s preferred outcome first and then held four days of talks with RMT in recent weeks. A further day of talks has also been proposed for Friday 17 August.

"Northern is doing everything possible to find a solution to the RMT’s dispute and maintains that talking costs nothing, whilst strike action causes inconvenience to customers and damages the case for long-term investment in rail."

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