24 February 2017
RMT Press Office
RMT calls for urgent talks over role of the Guard on Southern
RAIL UNION RMT has called for urgent talks to clarify Southern (GTR)’s position on the future role of the Guard in an attempt to bring a resolution to the long-running dispute.
The union wrote to Charles Horton, Managing Director of Govia Thameslink Railways, stressing the urgency of talks, prior to a meeting of RMT’s Executive Committee on 28 February, which will be considering the future of the dispute with a view to further industrial action being taken by Guard and Driver members.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“We are seeking clarification on what emerged from the recent discussions Southern had during the TUC meetings and the outcome reached as we have been informed this was misrepresented to us at ACAS talks last week.
“RMT continues to seek a guarantee on a second safety critical member of staff – something our members have been fighting for nearly a year on. Passengers rightly demand and deserve a safe, reliable and accessible service.”