13 April 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms a new 24 hour strike on Arriva Rail North in guards safety dispute as company fail to offer progress in talks.
Rail union RMT has confirmed a further 24 hour strike on Arriva Rail North on Friday 28th April after the company failed to offer any progress at all in talks last week over the guards and drivers safety dispute.
As well as digging their heels in on the crucial issue of the guarantee of a second safety critical member of staff on their trains the company have also reiterated that they fully intend to introduce a minimum of 50% driver controlled operation across the franchise upon the introduction of the new rolling stock – a move that they know is wholly unacceptable to the union.
As a result of this wholesale failure by the company to make any progress in the talks RMT’s executive has taken the decision to instruct our members not to book on for any turn of duty between the hours of 00:01 and 23:59 on Fri 28th April 2017.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The public, who support RMT’s campaign for a guarantee of a guard on their trains, will be appalled that Arriva Rail North have failed to offer any kind of progress whatsoever in the talks and have instead opted to try and bulldoze through their plans regardless. It is that flagrant disregard for the safety issues at the heart of the dispute which leaves us with no option but to put on this further day of strike action.
“RMT commends our Arriva Rail North Members on their rock solid display of strength, resolve and unity during the action so far in opposition to the introduction of driver controlled operation and defence of the guards to guarantee a safer, securer and more accessible railway for all.
“The union continues to remain available for meaningful discussions with the company in order to seek a satisfactory resolution to the on-going dispute.”