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"Cynical, callous and disingenuous" - TSSA blast Tory candidate breaking South Western Railway strike

6 December 2019

TSSA today condemned the Tory candidate breaking the RMT’s South Western Railway strike by acting as a guard whilst keeping quiet about causing the strike.

Chris Loder, who is standing in Oliver Letwin’s West Dorset seat, boasted on his website that he was volunteering as a guard to keep the trains running. But he said nothing about his role as Head of New Trains with South Western Railways, responsible for driving through the new driver only trains at the heart of the dispute.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said “The truth is there was a deal on the table that was acceptable to the RMT but it was pulled by South Western Railway at the last minute – most likely to give Loder the chance to further his political career whilst causing misery to passengers.

“This is nothing more than a callous, cynical and disingenuous stunt by a former union member who’s turned strike breaker to further his political career.

“If Loder genuinely cared about passengers, he would support the RMT’s efforts to protect safety. Instead this Tory candidate is now involved in undermining the strike for his own political benefit.

Notes to Editors
Timeline to the story.

28th September 2019 Loder announced as parliamentary candidate for West Dorset

29th October 2019 General Election announced

28th November 2019 talks between RMT and South West Trains broke down with the company reneging on a deal that would have cost them nothing whilst guaranteeing the safety-critical role of the guard at the point of despatch. 28th November company wreck acas talks – just a few days before Loder
2nd December 2019 Loder announced his intent to take a day out from campaigning to act as a guard during the strike


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