7 September 2016
RMT Press Office:
Southern RMT guards strike "solid and determined" again this morning.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"Reports from all locations this morning confirm that the strike action is rock solid and determined again across the Southern Rail network as we fight to put rail safety and access before the profits of the failed Govia Thameslink operation. Just a fraction of the £100 million in cash hoarded by this outfit could keep the guards on the trains, keep the trains safe and resolve this dispute.
“This action has been forced on us by the arrogance and inaction of Govia Thameslink and the Government who have made it clear that they have no interest in resolving this dispute or in tackling the daily chaos on Southern.
"We will be joined by disability campaigners on the picket lines this morning as we expose the fact that axing staff from Southern services will deny members of the public their legal right to travel under the Equality Act. It is scandalous that GTR have chosen to ignore that issue.
"RMT's fight is with the company and the Government who have dragged this franchise into total meltdown. We share the anger and frustration of passengers and we cannot sit back while jobs and safety are compromised on these dangerously overcrowded trains."
Disability campaigners from Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) join RMT Southern Guards picket line at Victoria - press picture hand out