RMT Calls Strike Action For October

Tuesday 19th September 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Mick Cash

More strike action has been called by the RMT in their on-going dispute over the future of guards on Southern Rail.

The union has confirmed that guards and driver members will walkout for 24hours on Tuesday 3 October and Thursday 5 October, after what they call ‘the failure of both the Government and GTR’ to respond to calls for round table talks.

Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said, “RMT is bitterly disappointed that Southern Rail and the DFT continue to reject our call for round table discussions involving all parties with an interest in resolving this dispute. The failure to get those talks moving following our face to face meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has left us no option but to call further action.

“RMT pays tribute to our Southern Rail guards and drivers who have stood firm for 18 months in the fight for rail safety despite outrageous abuse and intimidation from the company. They are a credit to their communities and to the whole trade union movement as they continue to take action for safety in Britain’s longest running industrial dispute.

“RMT has a clear plan for resolving this dispute but that requires round table talks now to push forwards. This fiasco cannot be allowed to drag on any longer. The union stands ready and waiting for genuine and meaningful talks with all parties and we are pressing Mr Grayling to get his contractors into line as a matter of urgency.”

Southern Rail is yet to respond to the latest announcement of strike action.

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