5 June 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT challenges Grayling to meet staff at the sharp end of the rail chaos.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The total chaos unleashed by Chris Grayling on our railways has left staff at the sharp end abandoned to their fate by his private train operators. I am challenging the transport secretary to come and meet some of the men and women bearing the brunt of the backlash against the timetable changes his department signed off.
"RMT members across the north and the south are being hung out to dry as human shields for a failed Tory privatisation dogma. That is a disgrace and Chris Grayling should have the guts to get out of his bunker and come and talk to them.
"For over two years these rail companies have been attacking their staff and setting them up for abuse with Govia Thameslink even launching their infamous #strikeback campaign which was blatant incitement to violence against their own employees. They are responsible for the consequences now being reported by our members, often women and lone working, who have been set up to take the hit.
"RMT has demanded that the safety regulator, the Office of Rail and Road, step in and support our members. They have not lifted a finger and are as culpable for the consequences as the private train companies who fund them. They are a disgrace and always end up siding with their paymasters come the crunch.
"RMT is demanding protection and support for our members caught in the crossfire of this timetable chaos before we have a major incident on our hands."