25th April 2019
The RMT are set to hold a protest tomorrow in London to mark three years of campaigning to keep the guard on Southern Railway. The event will coincide with the 3rd anniversary of RMT strike action on Southern Rail which is Britain's longest running industrial dispute and concerns keeping the guard on the train.
The protest is targeted at Keolis who own 35% of Southern franchisee Govia, which is itself 70% owned by the French state railway. RMT members from across the country are expected to attend in a show of solidarity for those involved with the dispute.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
"Once again, I would like to congratulate our members for their continuous show of strength and solidarity throughout the long dispute on Southern Railway which is solely about putting rail safety and access before private profit.
“Since the dispute began on Southern, RMT members have been involved in similar campaigns against other companies over attempts to remove the guard from the train. Only on Southern have we been faced with such a stubborn and point-blank refusal to enter serious discussions.
“The union thanks the travelling public for their support and understanding throughout our campaign to put safety and access to services for everyone using our railways right at the top of the agenda.”
Author: Darren Porter