20 March 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT thrashes out terms for ACAS talks in Merseyrail dispute as company accepts for the first time possibility of retaining a second member of staff on all of their trains
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has hammered out proposed terms of reference for ACAS talks in the year-long Merseyrail dispute over the axing of guards after the company accepted, for the first time, the possibility of having a second member of staff on all of their new trains.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT welcomes for the very first time in this dispute, Merseyrail’s acceptance yesterday of the possibility of having a second member of staff on all of the new trains to be introduced. Previously, not having that as even an option on the table had frustratingly led to an impasse in this dispute, and had prevented RMT from entering into talks.
"RMT has agreed to a proposed Terms of Reference, hammered out with a senior regional ACAS official last night – and will attend talks on that basis – with a positive approach to reaching a settlement in line with the wishes of the Merseyside travelling public and council tax payers.
"We call on the City Region leaders to allow Merseyrail Electrics Ltd a free hand in these negotiations, and be willing to stand by and support any amendments required to their current proposals.”