12 October 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT Southern talks break down as company boss refuses to adhere to assurances on second person on the train.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said
“RMT entered talks with Charles Horton from Southern Rail this morning in good faith and with every intention of trying to reach an agreement.
“However, it became clear right from the outset that Mr Horton is refusing to stick by the assurances he gave to the media yesterday that he can “absolutely” guarantee a second member of staff on all current Southern services with a conductor. This dispute isn’t about who open and closes the doors, it is about that absolute guarantee of a second safety-competent member of staff on these Southern services.
“RMT is angry and frustrated that a golden opportunity to resolve this dispute has been wrecked because Mr Horton has reneged on commitments he has given through the media. Passengers will rightly share our anger. The programme of industrial action goes ahead with the union remaining committed to genuine and meaningful talks.”