27 October 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT members standing solid and determined this morning in continuing fight for safety on Northern and South Western Railway.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
" RMT members are standing solid, determined and united again this morning on both Northern and South Western Railway in the long-running fight for safety, security and access on our trains while the private train companies gamble with their passengers well-being.
"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 and SWR have failed to lift a finger to get talks going. They are happy to sit back and collect the taxpayer-funded compo from the Government for not running trains. That is a national scandal.
"It's time for both these companies to get out of the bunker and start talking seriously and positively with the union on the issue of the guard guarantee instead of gambling with public safety as they pump up their profits.
"We thank the public for their continuing support and understanding that these disputes are all about safety and passenger service on Britain's increasingly violent and dangerous railways."