24 July 2018
RMT Press Office:
South Western Railway fail to respond seriously to RMT call for talks with strike set to start in 36 hours
Rail union RMT said today that it is angry and frustrated that South Western Railway have failed to respond seriously to a union call for talks around the guard guarantee on their trains with an eight day programme of industrial action set to start in less than 36 hours.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“RMT is angry and frustrated that a request by the union to get serious talks with South Western Railway bolted down by noon today has been met with the same old tired reponse from the company that refuses to move the process on and address the fundamental issues.
"That is no way to treat a serious dispute that will impact on huge numbers of passengers through into September and SWR need to get out of this bunker mentality.
"It is particularly galling as positive proposals the union put forward in earlier talks that could have formed the basis of an agreement were welcomed by the management side but were subsequently sabotaged as they were escalated up the SWR management structure.
“Our members are striking again from Thursday to put public safety before private profits and it’s about time SWR took note of what is going on elsewhere in the rail industry, and the settlements RMT has struck that underpin the guard guarantee, and started talking with us seriously around a similar package that puts safety, security and access to services top of the agenda.
As a result of the SWR failure to agree to serious talks RMT members will strike as follows by not booking on for any shifts between;
0001 Hours and 2359 hours on Thursday 26th July 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 28th July 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Tuesday 31st July 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 4th August 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 11th August 2018
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 18th August 2018
0001 Hours on Friday 31st August 2018 and 2359 Hours on Saturday 1st September 2018