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Rail commuters complained of delays today as workers began a four-day strike that will see one of Britain's biggest operators run only half of its normal service.
South Western Railway trains were cancelled or replaced by buses and fewer services ran into London Waterloo at the start of the action which runs until Monday.
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The strike by Rail, Maritime and Transport union workers also affected routes run by the operator in Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Berkshire and Wiltshire.
RMT members mounted picket lines outside stations at the start of the action, which is the 35th strike since the dispute started almost two years ago.
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Rail workers are said to be 'solidly supporting' the strike which continues the long-running dispute over guards on trains.
Mick Cash, the union's general secretary, said: 'Our members are standing united and rock-solid on their picket lines again this morning on this first day of the latest phase of strike action in the fight to put safety first on South Western Railway.
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'Despite all our efforts to pin down an agreement that honours promises made by SWR, and which protects the safety-critical role of the guard at the platform/train interface, the company have played fast and loose and attempted to kick this fundamental issue into the long grass.
'RMT members have not come this far in the long fight for safety on South Western Railway only to be snubbed when a deal is clearly there to be done. It is now down to the company to get...
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