RMT announces strike action on South Western Railway and Greater Anglia in separate disputes over guards and safety.
Rail Union RMT today (Wednesday 13th December 2017) announced strike action on Greater Anglia and South Western Railway later this month in separate disputes over the threat to guards and the safety of the travelling public.
On South Western Railway members will take strike action from 00.01 hours to 23.59 on Sunday 31st December 2017.
On Greater Anglia members will take strike action from 00.01 to 23.59 hours on Wednesday 27th December 2017.
The union also revealed that yesterday it had met the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and the rail minister Paul Maynard to try and resolve all of the current rail safety disputes but as a result of the meeting there seemed to be “contradictory messages, confusion and lack of clarity” coming from Ministers and the Department for Transport that made it extremely difficult to negotiate.
The RMT were told at the meeting that the Government is not opposed to a second person on the train and it was up to the RMT and employers to reach an agreement. The union was also offered further talks to discuss concerns around accessibility in respect of driver only trains.
Then within an hour of the meeting finishing RMT General Secretary Mick Cash received a contradictory letter from Chris Grayling asking that the union accepts the principle of driver controlled operation, which is the same model as driver only operation. The union has also subsequently been made aware that Chris Grayling has written to the train companies with the same letter.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: