Eastbourne’s MP says his meeting with both the RMT and ASLEF has resulted in the Secretary of State requesting a meeting with the two unions over the long-running dispute on Southern Rail.
The two General Secretaries met with Stephen Lloyd in Westminster yesterday (18 July) for a press conference, calling on Chris Grayling to arrange a meeting.
The RMT has confirmed they have received a letter from the Secretary of State, dated yesterday, inviting Mick Cash to meet with him. As a result, the RMT conductors have suspended their industrial action planned for Tuesday 1 August and RMT drivers have suspended their industrial action planned for Tuesday 1 August, Wednesday 2 August and Friday 4 August.
Mr Cash has been instructed to arrange the meeting and to report back to the union before 1 August.
ASLEF has confirmed their drivers have also suspended their planned strike action for 1, 2 and 4 August and that they have written back to Mr Grayling to accept the offer to meet him with the RMT.