9 June 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT demands immediate halt to axing of rail guards in light of election result.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“This election has sent out the clearest possible message that the British people have rejected the Tory programme of cuts, austerity, privatisation and division.
"Despite Theresa May and her allies throwing the full weight of the establishment machine at Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party the electorate have seen through that barrage of negativity and have voted in their droves for Labour's socialist manifesto. That surge has been led by young people and that it is a fantastic development that has rocked the political world to its foundations.
"RMT is calling this morning for an immediate halt to the push to axe the guards on our trains. That was a political policy driven by the Tory Party and should now be buried under the weight of votes that have racked up against Theresa May and her programme. There is no mandate for diluting safety on our transport services.
"RMT will be writing to Northern, Southern and Merseyrail today demanding that they lift the threat to the guards on their trains and we expect them to do that in light of this election result with immediate effect. This is just a staging post in the unstoppable drive towards the full public ownership of our transport services."