'Unacceptable' Say GTR To Latest Round Of Strikes

Thursday 28th July 2016

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Govia Thameslink Rail have hit back at five days of strike action, announced by the RMT Union today (28 July).

Commuters at Eastbourne could face more delays and disruption to services as guards walk out between 8 – 12 August in the ongoing row over driver-only trains.

Chief Operating Officer Dyan Crowther said, “It is unacceptable that passengers are being made to suffer five days of disruption all because the RMT is refusing to accept necessary change. We are offering all our onboard staff a job, as valued members of our future operation, with no reduction in salary. 

"We value the work of our staff, who are trying their best to deliver service levels that passengers expect. The sooner we can introduce the essential modernisation that our railways desperately need, the sooner we can stop the RMT from holding passengers to ransom.

"Contrary to the RMT’s accusation, we have always been open to talks and remain so. Only this week we spoke with the General Secretary Mick Cash about further talks and he has been unwilling to enter into discussion."

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