The Rail Maritime and Transport Union has responded to East Midlands Trains' appeal to the High Court.
The rail company has appealed after losing an injunction application against the union over strike action.
Instead of wasting the court's time and their customers money with another punt on the anti union laws, East Midlands Trains should be sitting down with RMT and resolving this dispute. The issues are clear - treating their staff with fairness, dignity and respect in light of the Nottingham engineering works rather than resorting to bullying, enforcement and the ripping up of agreements and procedures.
Passengers have experienced another weekend of disruption as the industrial action remains rock solid in the teeth of misleading information from the company and EMT would rather have another run to the courts instead of reaching a solution. Any court action will be stoutly defended by RMT yet again.
It's a shame that East Midlands Trains have wasted time and money dragging RMT into court under the cloak of the anti-union laws when they should have been sitting round the table resolving this dispute which is all about treating RMT members on this franchise with dignity and respect in light of the planned engineering works around Nottingham.
– Bob Crow, leader, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers
A judgment is expected today following legal action taken by East Midlands Trains against a trade union over a dispute it claimed had been 'invented'.
Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) banned overtime earlier this month over claims of a breakdown in industrial relations over a number of issues, including the scheduling of work in Nottingham.
The union said the action had led to timetable changes and cancellations over the weekend, but the company maintained they were due to driver shortages.
The case was heard in the High Court yesterday, with judgment reserved until today
The Rail Maritime and Transport union says it will fight the legal action brought against it by East Midlands Trains.
The rail company is taking the union to court after members stopped doing overtime.
RMT are determined to defend the union's position on this matter.
Our demands are not unreasonable and we firmly believe that management should sit down and enter into meaningful negotiation with RMT, instead of hiding behind the anti-trade union laws in an attempt to prevent the union from taking industrial action.