17 October 2016
RMT Press Office
RMT responds to latest Southern attempt to bribe staff to sell-out passenger safety
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“This latest letter from Charles Horton does not move this dispute on a single inch. There is no offer whatsoever to start engaging in serious talks about the safety and access issues at the heart of this matter.
“Instead, Southern have rehashed the £2000 bribe to our members even though the company have been told repeatedly that money is not the issue and that the safety of passengers and staff is not for sale.
“RMT disputes the bogus figures on the number of staff working. Our reps at all locations report that morale is high and that support for the strike action remain rock solid.
“Last week the Transport Select Committee exposed the on-going shambles that is Southern Rail and the blind-eye that has been turned by the Government to gross-mismanagement of this franchise on an industrial scale. The Select Committee called on the Government to engage in talks with the company and the union. RMT stands ready to engage in that process and the action from midnight remains on.”