14 July 2017
RMT Press Office
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that driver members on Southern Rail will take further strike action in the on-going dispute in defence of the role of the guard and the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on Southern services.
RMT’s NEC has considered this matter again and has instructed Southern driver members not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
• 00:01 hours on Tuesday 1st August 2017 until 23:59 hours on Wednesday 2nd August 2017
• 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Friday 4th August 2017
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“Yet again today RMT is forced to send Southern Rail a clear message that we will not allow them to strip the railway of a safety critical second member of staff on these vital rail services.
“We have seen again this week the Government propping up the failed Southern Rail operation as they collude with the company to undermine the fundamental principles of safety and access.
“It is scandalous that neither Chris Grayling nor his contractors, GTR, have lifted a finger to get talks back on despite approaches from the union. This fiasco cannot be allowed to drag on any longer.”