8 May 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms further strike action on Northern Rail and Greater Anglia in disputes over guards and safety goes ahead tomorrow as planned
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed further strike action in separate disputes over rail safety and the axing of guards on Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia goes ahead tomorrow as planned.
RMT members on both franchises will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday 9th May.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“Yet again the intransigence of private rail companies operating in England over the key issue of the guard guarantee means that we have no option but to go ahead with further strike action in the separate disputes on Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia.
"We are drawing attention to the ludicrous situation that means we are able to reach agreements in Wales and Scotland on the guard guarantee but not on a raft of key franchises in England. If it’s good enough for Wales and Scotland to put rail safety first then it should be good enough for the rest of Britain.
“We have long detected the dead hand of the Government interfering to stop us reaching negotiated settlements in the current disputes and it’s about time Chris Grayling stopped playing politics with passenger safety and started taking the issue seriously.
“RMT remains available for genuine and meaningful talks in each of these disputes.”