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8 January 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT calls for urgent summit talks with Chris Grayling as it is confirmed he is remaining at transport after Tory reshuffle shambles
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Earlier today Conservative HQ confirmed that Chris Grayling was moving from transport, a move that might have opened up a fresh approach from the Government to the current disputes over rail safety. That announcement was then reversed and after a day of total Government chaos we now know that Mr Grayling is going nowhere and is remaining at transport.
“The Secretary of State for Transport has clearly had a lot on his mind today and has been far too busy to respond to RMT’s call this morning for summit talks involving his department and the train companies, under an independent chair, to look at brokering a solution to this week’s ongoing rail disputes over passenger safety and the role of the guard on our trains.
“Despite the government shambles today RMT stands ready and waiting to get the summit talks up and running around the deals that we have struck in Scotland and Wales that secure the guarantee of a guard and which underpin the principles of passenger safety, security and access on our trains. With the action on this week this is the most pressing issue facing the re-appointed Chris Grayling and there should be no delay in getting talks moving.”