19th December 2018
The ongoing dispute between Northern and the RMT still shows no sign of being resolved as the RMT have issued the latest raft of strike dates covering January 2019.
The RMT still maintains that Northern continue to refuse to engage in serious and meaningful talks, and therefore have no choice but to continue the action. They also note that a recent call from Northern for an enquiry into the dispute is nothing more than a publicity stunt.
As well as the dates already outlined for ther remained of this month, RMT members are instructed to not to book on are for any shifts that commence between:-
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 5th January 2019
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 12th January 2019
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 19th January 2019
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 26th January 2019
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT continues to make every effort to get serious and meaningful talks going with Northern but the company are not interested and would prefer to call for an inquiry into the dispute to deflect attention from the impact of their behaviour on the travelling public.
“German-owned Northern Rail want to run nearly half a million trains a year without a safety critical guard on board in a move that would wreck both safety and access to services and they should listen to their front-line staff and pull back from that plan immediately.
“We thank the public for their support and understanding throughout this dispute over rail safety and access and the union remains ready for genuine and serious talks.”
Author: Darren Porter