Talks between Merseyrail and RMT union collapse

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have staged two 24-hour walkouts, including on the day of the Grand National, in protest at plans for a driver-controlled operation on new trains.

The union said its offer to put the issue of train despatch and door operation into a joint safety working group was rejected out of hand by Merseyrail.

We held off from calling further strike action on Merseyrail to give these talks a chance, but our good faith has been thrown straight back in our faces and once more all they wanted to discuss was the terms of our surrender.

RMT GENERAL SECRETARY MICK CASH

We are committed to bringing an end to this dispute and to ensure that we introduce our new trains in a way that works for our passengers and staff.

AN CHAUDHRY-VAN DER VELDE, MERSEYRAIL'S MANAGING DIRECTOR