Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield is welcoming the forthcoming meeting between the Transport Secretary and the RMT and ASLEF unions over their dispute with Southern Rail.
Yesterday (18 July), Ms Caulfield met with ASLEF and Southern in two separate meetings, where the union stated they wanted Chris Grayling to intervene. The Conservative MP has been in almost daily contact with the Transport Secretary, urging him to step in for the sake of passengers, who have endured months of disruption through strike action.
Both unions have agreed to suspend their industrial action planned for next month in light of the invitation to talk.
Maria said, “After 18 months of work, including discussions with all parties over the last few days I am pleased that the Transport Secretary is finally stepping in to hold talks with ASLEF. These talks will mean the suspension of their planned strikes and overtime ban.
“Although the dispute is not over it will be a welcome respite for passengers and these extra talks will be a big step towards resolution.”
“I will continue to do everything that I can to help end this dispute once and for all as soon as possible.”