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23 January 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT Southern Rail drivers action begins at midnight with pickets planned at key locations
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has still not had a positive responsive from the TUC as to involvement in the talks process over the Southern Rail disputes.
As a result action planned to start 00.01 Tuesday 24th January 2017 and 23.59 hours on Wednesday 25th January 2017 also 00.01 hours to 23.59 hours on Friday 27th January 2017 remains firmly on. RMT will be contacting ASLEF requesting that their members respect picket lines.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“RMT is a recognised union for drivers on Southern and it is disgraceful that we have been carved out of the current talks process set up by the TUC and the Government. That is a kick in the teeth for our members.
“RMT has repeatedly requested access to the talks process involving the TUC, the employers and our sister union but we have been roundly snubbed and our Executive Committee find that wholly unacceptable. All parties should be at the negotiating table and RMT’s continued exclusion means we have no option but to press ahead with our industrial action.”