8 August 2016
RMT Press Office
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed "lies and smears" over the Southern Rail guards ballot that have been recycled by a number of news outlets this morning including the BBC's flagship Today programme.
The facts are that 393 members were balloted.
321 voted. (81%)
306 voted yes (77% of the total members)
These numbers easily outstrip the hurdles proposed for union ballots by the Tory right in terms of both turnout and the majority in favour of action.
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said;
"We are appalled that the BBC's flagship radio news programme is recycling the lies and smears about our ballot. The turnout was over 80% and 77% of our total membership voted yes. That is a mandate the politicians could only dream of and to try and pretend that only a minority back the action as the BBC have this morning is disgraceful and shoddy journalism.
"A complaint has been lodged. It's interesting that no one ever challenges the mandate of the unelected and unaccountable GTR bosses who have unleashed havoc on their passengers for months ."