24 May 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT strike action rock solid on Northern Rail this morning in fight for rail safety
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"RMT members on Northern Rail stand rock solid and united once again this morning in this long running dispute which is about putting public safety and access before private profit on our railways.
"We have seen this week that Northern have chosen to declare war on passengers and staff alike through their profit driven incompetence and we are proud that RMT members are standing up to this failing outfit in today's action.
"It is ludicrous that we have been able to negotiate agreements in Wales and Scotland that lock in the guard guarantee but we are being blocked from reaching the same settlement across the North of England. A solution to this dispute is within our grasp but the German owned Arriva need to stop sticking their heads in the sand, get back round the table and work with the union to bolt it down.
"RMT members at Arriva Rail North have shown extraordinary resilience and determination in the fight for rail safety and we thank the public for their continuing support and understanding."