RMT CALLS ON PM TO END THE SABOTAGE OF RAIL STRIKE TALKS

RMT CALLS ON PM TO END THE SABOTAGE OF RAIL STRIKE TALKS

3 October 2017

RMT Press Office

Rail union RMT has today written to Prime Minister Theresa May calling on her to end the Government sabotage of rail strike talks and enable the union to negotiate with train companies in England in the same way that the talks process has allowed settlements to be reached over the role of the guards in both Scotland and Wales that protects the safety, security and access to services of the travelling public.

In a letter to the Prime Minister today RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says:
I am now becoming increasingly alarmed that you are sabotaging deals with the RMT on Southern, Northern and Anglia Trains and also South Western Railway.

I do not say this lightly as a number of train operating companies are privately indicating to me that that it is the government that are preventing the deals that in normal circumstances they would be able to make with the RMT.

My concerns that you are sabotaging deals from being made are reinforced by the fact that not long before your became Prime Minister the Southern dispute was in its infancy and entirely resolvable while three companies, Transpennine Express, East Coast and Great Western all in fact made acceptable proposals that would allow for the introduction of new modern trains, whilst at the same time retaining the Guard. Yet since you became Prime Minister you have prevented similar offers being made by other rail companies.

I would also point out that my union has been able to reach agreement on new trains and keeping the Guard on Scottish rail services, assisted by the involvement of the Scottish Government and also on Welsh rail services assisted by the Welsh Government.

The fact that we can reach agreements with the Scottish and Welsh governments but not your government only reinforces my concern that you are sabotaging deals and in doing so putting anti- union politics before passengers.

Mick Cash said:

“It is clear that there has been a co-ordinated blockade of the normal talks process with the rail companies in England since Theresa May became Prime Minister and that is stopping us from reaching the kind of negotiated settlements we were striking before she entered Downing Street and which we have been able to agree in both Scotland and Wales.

“It is also clear that some of the rail companies themselves are frustrated at being used as political pawns and are being given a centralised script to read out to us in meetings. That points to politically motivated sabotage of the normal industrial relations machinery and RMT believes that it is being orchestrated right from the very top.‎

“The action that is disrupting rail services this morning has been forced upon us by a Government which appears to be hell bent on confrontation. My call to the Prime Minister is simply – call off the blockade on talks, end the centralised sabotage of the normal industrial relations process and let us get back into genuine negotiations with the private rail companies that allow us to resolve these disputes.”

ENDS


Note: full text of letter to the Prime Minister

The Rt. Hon Teresa May MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

Dear Ms May,


I am writing to you regarding the current disputes on the railway which stem from proposals to remove the train guard from railway services as it is becoming increasingly clear that Southern, Northern Anglia and South Western railways are being prevented from reaching agreements with the RMT.

It has already been confirmed by reports commissioned by the Department for Transport that the Government is determining the strategic direction of the Southern dispute and I have to say I am now becoming increasingly alarmed that you are sabotaging deals with the RMT on Southern, Northern and Anglia Trains and also South Western Railway.

I do not say this lightly as a number of train operating companies are privately indicating to me that that it is the government that are preventing the deals that in normal circumstances they would be able to make with the RMT.

My concerns that you are sabotaging deals from being made are reinforced by the fact that not long before your became Prime Minister the Southern dispute was in its infancy and entirely resolvable while three companies, Transpennine Express, East Coast and Great Western all in fact made acceptable proposals that would allow for the introduction of new modern trains, whilst at the same time retaining the Guard. Yet since you became Prime Minister you have prevented similar offers being made by other rail companies.

I would also point out that my union has been able to reach agreement on new trains and keeping the Guard on Scottish rail services, assisted by the involvement of the Scottish Government and also on Welsh rail services assisted by the Welsh Government. The fact that we can reach agreements with the Scottish and Welsh governments but not your government only reinforces my concern that you are sabotaging deals and in doing so putting anti- union politics before passengers.
I would be grateful if we could meet to discuss these concerns at the earliest opportunity.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely


Mick Cash
General Secretary






 

 

 

Want to receive updates from us? Subscribe to a mailing list

Tagged with: Rail Strikes, Disputes