22 September 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT members standing solid and determined again this morning in continuing fight for safety on Northern Rail after company collapse this weeks talks.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
" RMT members are standing solid, determined and united again this morning on Northern Rail in the continuing fight for safety, security and access on our trains and are angry and frustrated that the company collapsed this weeks ACAS talks rather than work out a deal.
"This is the 28th 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.
"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.
"It's about time that German-owned ARN, part of the giant state Deutsche Bahn outfit, stopped treating their front-line, safety critical staff like dirt and started talking seriously and positively with the union on the issue of the guard guarantee.
"RMT will not allow safety, security and access on our railways to be compromised in the drive for private profit. We thank the public for their continuing support and understanding that this dispute is all about safety and passenger service."