Passengers on CrossCountry trains are being urged to finish their Christmas journeys on Thursday, forward of a strike by members of the RMT union on 24 December.
The dispute is a well-recognized one: the carry out of guards.
The RMT’s common secretary, Mick Lynch, acknowledged: “There was a scientific attempt by CrossCountry to undermine the carry out of the senior conductors and comply with managers by drafting in quite a few workers to do their jobs.
“CrossCountry must know that they have already got knowledgeable and competent guards which are available on the market and able to work.
“They should cease with their underhand measures and makes an attempt to educate up totally different utterly totally different workers to undertake the carry out of the guard. This strike could presumably be resolved if folks had been merely allowed to solely get on with their very private job and the corporate stopped threatening the long-term futures of our members and compromising security as a consequence.
“Our members have made it clear that they won’t put up with this assault and that’s the rationale they’re taking motion over Christmas and New 12 months.”
CrossCountry acknowledged: “We’ll solely have the ability to run a extraordinarily restricted timetable, with the cancellation of a lot of our corporations.
“We’re advising prospects to change their plans the place potential and to keep away from journey on every Friday 24 December or Friday 31 December.
“Throughout the event you journey on Friday, then you should use your ticket on any comply with. Seat reservations should not be going to make use of on Friday – please take any available on the market seat inside the category confirmed in your ticket.
“Your ticket will be accepted with utterly totally different operators on Friday.”
CrossCountry intends to run a curtailed service between Edinburgh and Plymouth, Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth and Birmingham New Avenue and Leicester.
Hyperlinks to Aberdeen, Glasgow Central, Nottingham, Cardiff, Paignton and Stansted airport are lined by utterly totally different operators – other than between Leicester and Peterborough, on which a bus totally different will run.
Tickets purchased for Christmas Eve will probably be legit on Wednesday 22 or Thursday 23 December, with out having to vary them.
An related sample is anticipated to utilize contained in the lead-up to 31 December.
Talks are understood to be persevering with between the 2 sides to attempt to avert the stoppages.