RMT Announce New Strike Action

Wednesday 15th February 2017

eastbourne buzz news - RMT Strike

After a breakdown in talks between Southern and the RMT Union broke down, the union has today (15 February) that it will take further strike action, which will affect Eastbourne.

Guards and drivers on Southern will walk out for 24 hours on Wednesday 22 February.

Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said, “The abject failure by Southern Rail in yesterday’s talks to take the safety issues seriously has left us with no option but to confirm further action. These disputes could have been settled if Southern/GTR had listened to our case and given the guarantee of a second-safety critical member of staff on their trains.

“Instead they have shifted the goal posts even further and have now created a ‘strike breakers’ charter’ where one of the numerous new conditions where trains can run driver-only is during industrial action.  That is simply scandalous and a measure of the betrayal of our members as a result of the TUC-brokered deal with Southern in the drivers’ dispute.

“The full detail of Southern’s plan is far worse than anyone could have anticipated. This is dire news, not just for staff, but for passengers who rightly demand a safe, reliable and accessible service. RMT will not walk away from the fight for a railway that puts public safety before private profit.

“It is now down to Southern/GTR to face up to their responsibilities and engage in genuine and serious talks that address our issues.”

Responding to the strike announcement, Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, Southern's parent company, said, "We are disappointed that the RMT is going to heap yet further misery and disruption on the travelling public. We aim to run as full a service as we can."

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