14 December 2018
RMT Press Office:
40th day of RMT Northern Rail action goes ahead tomorrow as company refuse serious talks
RAIL UNION RMT said that a 40th day of strike action over the threat to guards on Northern Rail trains goes ahead exactly as planned tomorrow as the company continue to refuse all efforts to engage in serious talks.
RMT said it is “angry, frustrated and determined to carry on the fight for a safe, secure and accessible railway for all” as the company dig in their heels and continue to treat with utter contempt the unions clearly set out principles around the guarantee of a second safety-critical person on the train, with that member of staff having the full suite of competencies including at the crucial platform/train interface.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said,
“RMT remains angry, frustrated and determined to carry on the fight for a safe, secure and accessible railway for all as Northern Rail slam the door on all efforts to make progress towards a settlement that underpins the guard guarantee.
"It has only been the resilience of RMT members and our supporters from the travelling public, whose solidarity and determination have been instrumental in keeping the focus of the dispute on the crucial point of a guarantee of a guard on the train. It is deeply disappointing that the company have failed repeatedly to meet the union’s call to move the issues forwards.”
"It's time for Arriva Rail North to stop taking instructions from this collapsing government, get out of the bunker and start talking seriously and positively with the union on the issue of the guard guarantee instead of gambling with public safety as they pump up their profits.
"We thank the public for their continuing support and understanding that this dispute is all about safety, access and passenger service on Britain's increasingly violent and dangerous railways."