24 October 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT's Mick Cash calls for direct meeting with Chris Grayling over Southern Rail during Common's evidence session.
During the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Evidence Session on rail franchising this afternoon, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash launched a public call for a direct meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in a bid to break the deadlock in the Southern guards safety dispute.
This was the third oral evidence session on rail franchising called by the Transport Committee and it heard evidence from Mick Cash from the RMT and Mick Whelan from ASLEF with a view to getting an update on the current industrial dispute with GTR and to obtain trade union views on other issues related to rail franchising.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“I am calling publicly, here and now, for a direct meeting between Chris Grayling, the unions and Govia to try and move the dispute on and address the core issues at the heart of this rail failing operation.
“We have written to the Transport Secretary asking for that meeting and he we have been knocked back. I am repeating the call to Mr Grayling again today and passengers and staff alike will be rightly angry if he continues to refuse to get involved when his department is clearly calling the shots on Southern Rail.”