RMT CALLS ON NORTHERN RAIL TO CUT THE PUBLICITY STUNTS

RMT CALLS ON NORTHERN RAIL TO CUT THE PUBLICITY STUNTS

19 December 2018

RMT Press Office:

RAIL UNION RMT responds to call for an “inquiry” from Arriva Rail North into guards’ safety dispute.

 RAIL UNION RMT responds to call for an “inquiry” from Arriva Rail North into guards’ safety dispute. 

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The call for an inquiry is nothing more than a PR stunt and we have not seen any proposals from Northern Rail whatsoever that would make serious progress in terms of resolving the dispute. The company are seeking to kick the issue of rail safety into the long grass indefinitely rather than facing up to the fundamental issue of the guard guarantee on their trains and there is no way that RMT will allow them to get away with this chicanery.

“The answer to resolving this dispute is not an inquiry but meaningful negotiations. However, not only is the government working behind the scenes to block such negotiations but it is wilfully using taxpayers money to bail out Northern Rail for revenues lost as a result of strike action meaning the company have no financial incentive whatsoever to settle in a serious fashion.

“We don’t need an inquiry, we need genuine and meaningful ACAS talks focussed on retaining a guard on Northern trains with the full suite of safety and operational competencies including at the crucial platform/train interface. RMT stands ready for talks but we will not allow the company to railroad the issues at the heart of the dispute with meaningless gestures designed to buy time and delay a solution.

“The RMT action remains on.”

 


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