16 May 2016
RMT Press Office
RMT TO HOLD PROTEST OVER THREAT TO GUARDS ON "RAIL INDUSTRY DAY" AND DAY OF SOUTHERN GUARDS STRIKE
RAIL UNION RMT will be holding a demonstration outside the Department for Transport Rail Industry Day 2016 this Wednesday- 18th May- at 08.30am in response to a national threat to train guards and on the day that Southern guards stage a one day strike in defence of their safety critical role.
The Rail Industry Day conference is being held at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre near Central Hall Westminster (SW1P 3EE).
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“This conference reeks of hypocrisy and comes on the day that our Southern Guards members are striking in defence of their safety-critical role. A number of train companies, with the encouragement of the government, are hell-bent on removing train and station staff as they put profits before public safety. That is the real story on our railways today and RMT will be making that point at this industry beano.
“Despite strenuous efforts from the union to get genuine and meaningful talks underway with Southern on the issues of jobs and safety the company have point blank refused and have instead have resorted to a campaign of threats and intimidation against staff fighting to put rail safety before private greed. That is the message that RMT is driving home to the public.”