2 February 2017
RMT Press Office:
London Midland train conductors secure major victory over imposition of security contractors on trains
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today a ballot of its London Midland conductor members for strike action over a decision to place security contractors on trains within the London Midland network has been halted after the union secured a major victory.
Towards the end of last year the RMT went into dispute with London Midland over the company’s decision to impose Security Contractors on board trains without any consultation or agreement with the union. Today the union received reports from our Senior Union Representatives that London Midland has ceased the use of Security Contractors on board trains with effect from Monday 30th January 2017. Further, the RMT has received written assurances from the company confirming this position.
As a result of this important breakthrough RMT’s National Executive Committee has taken the decision to cancel the ballot for industrial action and London Midland have been notified that a dispute situation no longer exists between our two organisations.
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said:
“This is a massive victory for our members on London Midland who have supported the union 100% throughout this campaign. That solidarity has been instrumental in the breakthrough secured today. RMT remains eternally vigilant in the on-going fight to stop the casualisation of rail workers jobs and any moves that undermine permanent staffing arrangements. Safety and security on our trains can only be secured by adequate numbers of conductors, directly employed by the company, working as part of professionally trained and equipped team.”