21 September 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT warns of "scab army" threat to safety on Greater Anglia in advance of strike action.
RAIL UNION RMT today warned of a severe threat to passenger safety on Greater Anglia, from a hastily cobbled together scab army of managers, drafted in by Abellio in a desperate bid to break strike action by RMT members in the fight to maintain their safety critical role.
In a letter to Abellio bosses, copied to safety regulator the Office of Road and Rail, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash draws attention to a recent incident and demands a halt to the high risk strike breaking plan.
In the letter Mick Cash says;
“I am aware of plans the company are putting in place to minimize the effect of RMT industrial action during our current dispute. I understand this includes providing training to non-safety critical staff in a desperate attempt to carry on running business as usual. We believe these contingency plans include provision for persons utilized as guards (PUGS).
I have been alerted to an incident on 20th September 2017 on 2D76 the 11:17 Ipswich to Lowestoft service. The manager in training released the train doors before the train was stationary at Halesworth Station. I am, as usual, always concerned that your company are putting their business needs ahead of the prerogative to run a safe railway and that if you continue with these proposals there will be an incident that causes passenger harm on a strike day.
I would suggest that the company’s time and effort would be more productively utilized in reaching an agreeable solution to the dispute rather than continuing in your forlorn attempt to weaken the effect of our industrial action.”