1 November 2017
RMT Press Office:
Rail union RMT confirmed today that it will be taking part in talks with Northern Rail on Friday ahead of strike action next week in the on-going dispute over the threat to guards and safety on ARN services.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT has made it clear that if we are given the opportunity we can negotiate arrangements that protect the role and position of the guard and the safety of the travelling public on our trains just as we have in both Wales and Scotland.
“RMT will be taking part in what we expect to be genuine and meaningful talks with Arriva Rail North on Friday, and, assuming there is no external influencing of the process, there is no reason why we can’t reach a solution based on the principle of a guard on their services.
“We know that the travelling public want the Northern Rail dispute resolved in a way that puts safety on the railway before private profit and, as we have seen in both Wales and Scotland, a negotiated settlement on that basis is wholly achievable.”