11 January 2019
RMT Press Office
RMT says 44th day of strike action goes ahead on Northern tomorrow in defence of safety and role of the guard
RAIL UNION RMT said today that a 44th day of strike action on Northern Rail goes ahead as planned tomorrow in defence of rail safety and the role of the guard.
Tomorrow’s strike takes place as the company continues to refuse to engage in serious and meaningful talks around the guard guarantee that could form the basis for a settlement. The union has accused the German-owned Arriva Rail North of deliberately seeking continued confrontation while they milk taxpayer-funded bailout payments that make it more financially lucrative for them to prolong the current dispute.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT Northern members will be striking again tomorrow in the long-running fight to put public safety before private profit as the company refuses to lift the axe from above the heads of their safety critical guards. It is frankly disgraceful that the German-owned parent company are deliberately prolonging the dispute so that they can milk the British tax-payer for a series of secretive subsidies and bailouts.
“RMT continues to make every effort to get serious and meaningful talks going with Northern but the company prefers to ignore the safety concerns of their staff and the public alike in a show of complete and utter contempt.
"RMT will not be party to the dilution of the safety culture on Northern Rail trains in a drive to prop up German owners Deutsche Bahn's profits – it is nothing short of a scandal that Northern passengers are paying some of the highest fares in Europe, travelling on unreliable and rammed out trains, to subsidise the domestic operations of the German parent company.
“That is why our members will be standing solid again tomorrow for the 44th day in support of a safe and accessible railway for all.
“We thank the public for their support and understanding throughout this dispute over rail safety and access and the union remains ready for genuine and serious talks.”