25 November 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT fury as Grayling and GTR turn down offer from Brighton and Hove Albion to broker talks in Southern Rail dispute
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT made it clear that the union was prepared to take up the offer of talks between ourselves, Southern Rail and Chris Grayling as suggested by Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The fact that that offer has been turned down flat by both the Government and GTR shows in clear daylight that neither of them have any intention of resolving this dispute.
That disgraceful, pig-headed attitude is the root cause of the continuing action.
The union has been calling for a meeting with Chris Grayling for months and its frankly ludicrous that it has taken the intervention of the football club, and the shocking events on Friday night at the Amex Stadium, to force the pace on this. The public will be rightly furious that both him and the company have slammed the door in their faces.
“The appalling situation at Falmer on Friday evening was entirely down to the lack of planning and gross-mismanagement by Southern Rail and the attempt by the company to blame it on the staff is frankly disgraceful."