12 January 2019
RMT Press Office:
RMT Northern Rail members standing firm again on 44th day as company snubs all efforts to get talks going
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail remains absolutely rock solid on its 44th day this morning as the company snubs all efforts to get talks going and ploughs on regardless with its plans to throw guards off their trains and rip up the safety rule book.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;
“RMT members across Northern Rail are standing firm again on this 44th day of strike action as the company continues to soak up passenger cash and public subsidies that would easily fund the guard-guarantee on their trains.
“It is the sheer guts and resilience of our members over 44 days of action that has kept the fight for safe and accessible rail travel for all across the Northern franchise in the spotlight while the company refuse to get out of their bunker and enter serious talks.
“While this basket-case, German-owned company is siphoning off vast sums from the British people to subsidise their domestic operations it has only been the determination of RMT members, and our supporters from the travelling public, whose solidarity has been instrumental in keeping the focus of the dispute on the campaign for a guaranteed second person on the train with the full suite of safety competencies.
“We thank the public for their continuing support and understanding in a dispute which is about putting rail safety before private profit.”