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First Great Western workers plan train strikes over Reading Festival weekend

They provide most of the trains out of Reading station.

A three-day train strike has been announced by First Great Western employees over the August Bank Holiday weekend - that’s the main rail provider of trains to and from Reading station, during Reading Festival.

As local news site Get Reading reports, the RMT union has confirmed FGW staff will stage industrial action for 72 hours between Saturday 29th August and Monday 31st August.

The strike is over job security on new Hitachi inter-city trains.

Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union said: “Despite strenuous efforts by our negotiators we have not been able to secure the kind of progress required in the key areas of jobs, services and safety for us to reach an agreement.

“As a result we have no option but to put further action on.

“The fact remains that if it is good enough for East Coast, using the same trains, to meet the very basic assurances sought by this trade union then it is good enough for First Great Western as well.

“We congratulate our members for their rock solid support for the strike action last month and we know that they remain united and determined as we continue with our campaign on these crucial issues. RMT remains available for talks.”

Reading Festival (and its Leeds counterpart, of course) begins on Thursday 27th August, with most festival-goers travelling back on the Bank Holiday Monday morning.

Tags: Reading & Leeds, News, Festivals

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