25 September 2019
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that further industrial action on Cross Country Trains goes ahead from tomorrow in a long-running dispute concerning breaches to the collective bargaining agreements and the imposition of changes to company wide agreements without the involvement of this union.
In light of the continuing failure of the company to move forwards, RMT has decided to call further industrial action short of a strike and has instructed members:-
• Not to Work any Rest Days or Non-Contractual Overtime from 23.59 Hours on Thursday 26th September 2019 until 23.59 Hours on Tuesday 1st October 2019.
• Not to Work any Rest Days or Non-Contractual Overtime from 23.59 Hours on Thursday 17th October 2019 until 23.59 Hours on Tuesday 22nd October 2019.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“Despite our best efforts to get the company to come to their senses, there has regrettably been no further progress on the fundamental issues on which we are in dispute. As a result the action scheduled from late tomorrow goes ahead exactly as planned.
"Cross Country Management have shown, and continue to show, a total disregard for RMT members, having held negotiations outside the collective bargaining agreement and having imposed changes to companywide agreements without our involvement.
“Cross Country cannot be allowed to undermine and disregard this union and must be sent a clear message that these ignorant and underhand practices will not be tolerated. The widespread disruption to services will be solely down to Cross Country Management and their failure to treat their staff with the respect that they deserve. ”