9 July 2019
RMT Press Office:
RMT slams East Midlands Train bosses for sabotaging strike talks
Rail union RMT today slammed East Midlands Trains bosses for sabotaging planned talks over strike action by Senior Conductors, action which is due to start next week, as they are all apparently on holiday until after the action starts.
RMT had made the entirely normal request for talks to explore a possible solution in advance of the action only to be told that no one from the company management side was available until at least five days after it is due to start.
As a result, the action goes ahead as planned and Senior Conductors on East Midlands Trains will be taking strike action from next Saturday until the beginning of August.
The dispute is over EMT’s management’s failure to bring a meaningful resolution to our members’ concerns over Pay Discrimination and Contract issues.
All RMT EMT Senior Conductors are instructed to take strike action as outlined below:
Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:
• 00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Saturday 20th July 2019
• 00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Saturday 27th July 2019
• 00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Saturday 3rd August 2019
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“East Midlands Trains lack of commitment to deal with our concerns over contractual issues such as compulsory Sunday working, wage discrimination and other matters is a total disgrace and has been reinforced by their ludicrous refusal to sit down and talk with us as they are apparently all on holiday.
“As a result RMT strike action goes ahead exactly as planned in order to force the company take the issues seriously.
“The union remains available for talks but it takes two to tango no one should underestimate the resilience and determination of our EMT members to see justice.”