13 October 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT members rock solid again this morning on 31st day of strike action in fight for safety on Northern Rail trains
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
" RMT members are standing rock solid again this morning on Northern Rail in the continuing fight for safety, security and access on our trains.
"We are angry and frustrated that the company continue to refuse genuine talks that could work out a deal that underpins the guard guarantee. The union is stepping up the campaign for political support across the region to pressurise the company into serious negotiations around the crucial issue of the guard guarantee.
"This is the 31st day of strike action in the Northern Rail dispute and our members remain absolutely resolute in the campaign for a safe, secure and accessible railway for all while the German owners of the company are quite happy to take a reckless gamble with passenger safety."
“No guard on the trains, combined with the destaffing of stations, is a toxic cocktail that gives the criminals a free hand on Britain’s violent railways. That's a culture Northern are quite happy to tolerate but it is one that the union will never accept.
"It is scandalous that while other train operators have been prepared to engage seriously with RMT on the crucial issue of a guaranteed second safety-critical member of staff on their services ARN have treated us with contempt and made a mockery of the talks process. Northern should start talking seriously and they should start right now."