20 December 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to Theresa May's plan to "hire more replacement buses" to deal with Southern Rail crisis.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"Instead of resorting to lash-up stunts for public relations purposes Theresa May should be instructing her Southern rail contractors to get back round the table and sort out the issues about passenger safety at the heart of this dispute."
"The collapse in industrial relations on Southern can all be traced back to the comments of top Government rail official Peter "Punch Up" Wilkinson back in February when he made it clear at a meeting in Croydon that he was actively seeking a war with staff and their unions.
"If she's serious about getting a grip Mrs May needs to scrap that agenda of confrontation and give us an opportunity to engage in genuine and meaningful talks."