7 December 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms 24 hours of strike action on Merseyrail on December 22nd in fight for guards and rail safety.
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that members on Merseyrail will take a further 24 hours of strike action on December 22nd, in the dispute over guards and rail safety, that the union says could be easily resolved if senior Merseyside Labour politicians followed national Labour Party policy and supported their safety-critical rail staff, instead of acting as human shields for profiteering private rail companies.
RMT has attacked political stunts from the Mayors in the regional media designed to deflect from the massive criticism they are getting from both inside and outside the Labour Party.
Those political actions by the Mayors have let the rail company off the hook and have been a major factor in the reason that there has been no invitation to attend any meaningful talks with ACAS, the company or anyone else as normal industrial relations have been effectively suspended.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“Our members on Merseyrail are angry that senior Labour figures have chosen to ignore party policy on Driver Only Operation to side with the private company rather than our safety-critical guards. If those politicians had taken a positive and pro-active stance, like their colleagues in Wales and Scotland, we could move towards a solution to this dispute which puts safety first.
“The fact that we have been unable to make any progress whatsoever with the company means we have no option but to put this action on and the blame lies with Merseyrail and their political supporters.
“The City and Regional Labour leaders need to step back immediately from the terms of the resolution to remove all the guards, that they voted for a year ago this week, which lit the fuse in this dispute.
“Those senior Labour politicians have chosen the wrong side. They need to stand with the many – the passengers, the workers and the people of Merseyside, and not the few – Tory ministers and bosses of the private operator Merseyrail."