1 December 2016
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT is altering its guards Christmas action dates on Southern following consultation with reps and members.
Regarding the strike action called for 22nd to 24th December, the union is rescinding the instruction to conductor members to take strike action on those days. Members are now instructed to work normally on those days.
Instead, we are instructing our members to take strike action by not booking on for any shifts between the hours of 0001 on Monday 19th December and 2359 on Tuesday 20th December.
The other actions the union has called, from Tuesday 6th December to Thursday 8th December and from Saturday 31st December to Tuesday 2nd January, remain in force.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“Our guards on Southern are in daily contact with passengers and the support for our fight to defend safety remains phenomenal. RMT is truly grateful for the overwhelming public backing for the campaign to keep a second, safety-critical member of staff on Southern trains.
"It is from that daily feedback from passengers that the union has taken the decision to alter the dates for action over Christmas. That's the difference between us and Southern. We listen, they don't.”