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WHAT are Railtrack and the RMT trying to prove? Yes, management has shown it can stand up to the union and do what the Government wants. Yes, the RMT has fought hard in the interests of its members and shown that union members can still be persuaded to act together. The only people to have suffered have, of course, been the travellers - sorry, customers - who will pay for the whole thing in higher fares and a reduced service once the dinosaurs have stopped engaging in a futile display of macho posturing. Any chance of either side seeing some sense soon?

Frank Border, Portsmouth