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31 July 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms meeting with Southern Rail next week over guards' and drivers’ disputes.
Rail union RMT has confirmed that it will be meeting with Southern Rail next Monday – 7th August - in the long-running guards’ and drivers’ disputes over the basic principle of rail safety.
RMT had hoped to get a meeting with the company this week following earlier talks with the Secretary of State for Transport and the union is disappointed that the date has slipped back, particularly as RMT is aware that a meeting with our sister rail union on other matters is taking place tomorrow, the 1st of August.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT has a clear formula for resolving this dispute. We have laid that formula out to the Secretary of State, Chris Grayling, and we will be entering the talks next week with a positive set of proposals that we believe can bring sixteen months of industrial action to an end. We have given a clear undertaking to the Secretary of State that we will report back to him on the progress of this fresh round of talks.
“We now have an opportunity for genuine and meaningful talks to take place and RMT has committed to that process after well over a year of false starts. The union fully believes that the fare-paying passengers want a fresh start and a new approach that puts safety and access first and that is why we took up the opportunity of a meeting with Chris Grayling to get that process moving.
“The union would have preferred an earlier date for the meeting as we believe that the situation is urgent but we will be in the room with the company next Monday afternoon looking to map out a way forward.”