With commuters facing the possibility of 5 days of strike action in Eastbourne next month, the RMT Union says it’s open to further talks.
Today (29 July) Govia Thameslink Rail has said it’s asked for ACAS to intervene to help resolve the ongoing row over driver-only trains on the Southern network.
Now, the Union is turning up the heat, calling for those talks to be held as a matter of urgency.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said, "RMT officials have already cleared the diaries and are available for serious and genuine ACAS talks which is exactly what we have been calling for all along.
"On top of that we repeat our offer in good faith to suspend action if the company agree to suspend the planned changes to the safety critical role of the guard and the bulldozing through of the new contracts without agreement.
"That would create the space for talks to take place outside of the pressure cooker. RMT will be at ACAS to discuss the full range of detailed issues at the core of this dispute".