21 October 2016
RMT Press Office
RAIL UNION RMT has called a national protest for 1st November in support of Southern Guards in its long running dispute with GTR/Southern
RAIL UNION RMT has called a national protest for 1st November in support of Southern Guards in its long running dispute with GTR/Southern.
The protest will assemble at 12.30 – 13.30 opposite Parliament (Old Palace Yard).
This will be followed by a rally inside Parliament from 14.00 – 15.30 in Committee Room 10.
Rally speakers include: Mick Cash, General Secretary RMT; Manuel Cortes, General Secretary TSSA; Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport; Spokesperson, Disabled People Against Cuts; Caroline Lucas MP, Brighton Pavilion; Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary TUC and Dot Gibson, General Secretary National Pensioners Convention.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“Earlier this month the Transport Select Committee exposed the on-going shambles that is Southern Rail and the blind-eye that has been turned by the Government to gross-mismanagement of this franchise on an industrial scale. The Select Committee called on the Government to engage in talks with the company and the union. That call has been ignored.
“The demonstration and rally on 1st November will be a chance to show not only RMT’s opposition to GTR/Southern's profit motivated drive to get rid of Guards on trains, but also to hear from those who will be most affected by the proposed cuts including pensioners and the disabled."