11 July 2022
RMT Press Office:
Commenting on ASLEF joining the national rail dispute, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "We congratulate our friends in ASLEF for their superb ballot result and the huge mandate they have for strike action on the railways.
"It goes to show that railway workers across every grade from cleaners, catering staff guards, maintenance staff and drivers are fed up with real terms pay cuts, attacks on job security and working conditions.
"When railway unions and others unite, they are an unstoppable force in the workplace and wider society.
"Grant Shapps needs to stop messing around with his doomed Tory leadership bid and get back to focusing on resolving this dispute.
"He continues to shackle both Network Rail and the train companies from reaching a deal with the RMT, something we have done repeatedly and successfully since privatisation in 1993.
"Mr Shapps should either get around the table or get out of the way because at the moment, he is the major roadblock to a negotiated settlement."