25 August 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to Southern offer of talks in Guards safety dispute.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT is committed to serious and genuine talks and has been right from the moment that the proposals on the guards on Southern were first unveiled. That position has not changed and we remain committed to getting back round the table with the company in proper negotiations. That talks process has been repeatedly undermined by Southern trying to bind us into a set of rigid pre-conditions.
“A major obstacle to progress now is the fact that Southern fired the starting gun on the dash to Driver Only Operation at the weekend. We would call on the company to row back, get back round the table and allow talks to take place without preconditions and without the immediate threat to the safety critical role hanging over our members heads.”