5 September 2016
RMT Press Office,
Commuter group plans Judicial Review of Southern Rail franchise ahead of 48 hour guards strike in safety dispute.
RAIL UNION RMT said today that pressure is piling on the Government as the Association of British Commuters announced today that they are planning a Judicial Review of the handling of the Southern part of the GTR franchise.
The news comes the week after the announcement of a new Government bail out of £20 million to Southern and just days after the parent company announced it has made £100 million in profits.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
"The guards action this week on Southern goes ahead as planned. RMT remains available for serious talks but GTR clearly have no interest in resolving the dispute and it is also clear that the Government are propping them up financially and politically.
"Just a fraction of the £100 million the GTR parent company is hoarding in profits would be enough to keep a guard on the Southern trains, keep the trains safe and resolve the dispute. It is absolutely right to call for the Government to intervene and to hold those responsible for this contiuning shambles to account."