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Andy Heath, Merseyrail managing director, said: "Yet again the RMT has announced a further strike, remaining entrenched in a position to oppose any form of change with no desire to meet and reach an agreement.
An earlier ballot saw members reject the 1% offer and the RMT have accused the Metro top brass of 'refusing to move' over demands for better pay.
Merseyrail says 220 roles are no longer needed, but the RMT insists guards are vital for public safety.
According to the RMT, Virgin East Coast is offering new employees no sick pay for the first 12 months and an inferior sick pay scheme thereafter.
It would be the latest in a string of strikes involving RMT workers on Arriva Rail North, with services to Saltburn, Whitby and Bishop Auckland set to be affected again.
An RMT statement said: "The ongoing dispute came to a head as the company chose to ignore the agreed negotiating machinery and subjected staff to a barrage of direct propaganda justifying their attempts to bulldoze through a package of cash-led measures that would decimate jobs, working conditions and threaten the safety regime that currently ensures a guard on every train.
The RMT said the strike action would take place in two blocks over two weekends, from 2301 GMT on Aug.
In a message to members, RMT general secretary Mick Cash said ScotRail had proposed that conductors be retained on electrified routes and on the North Berwick-Edinburgh-Carstairs-Glasgow lines, with the same responsibility for safety.
In a letter to Transport Minister Edwina Hart, the RMT said it believes "that this change to the current catering arrangements will have a very significant impact on the service and possibly lead to less people using the service which could threaten its future".
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "RMT arrived at the talks only to find that ScotRail were not prepared to discuss the issue at the heart of the dispute and that's the dismissal and reinstatement of Scott Lewis.
The pair said the hi-vis vests made them recognisable so RMT members could seek their help.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "It is disgraceful that bidders for the prestige West Coast route are looking at ripping out catering and shop facilities to cram in extra seats so that they can jack up profits at the price of both jobs and passenger service and we are calling for this scandalous suggestion to be killed off right now.
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