More strike ac­tion hits North­ern ser­vices

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

RMT mem­bers went on strike on North­ern on Septem­ber 1, and were due to take fur­ther in­dus­trial ac­tion on Septem­ber 8 (af­ter this is­sue of RAIL went to press).

Fur­ther ac­tion is planned for Septem­ber 15/22/29, over what the union claims is the fu­ture role of guards and the ex­ten­sion of Driver Only Op­er­a­tion. It claimed North­ern re­fused to en­gage in se­ri­ous and mean­ing­ful talks.

RMT Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Mick Cash said: “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. They should lis­ten to their front-line staff and pull back from that plan im­me­di­ately.”

North­ern Deputy Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Richard Al­lan said: “The RMT’s an­nounce­ment of three more strike days - less than a week since they agreed to ACAS talks - is in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing and dis­ap­point­ing.

“We’re try­ing to fix this dis­pute. Since the RMT agreed to re­con­vene the joint steer­ing com­mit­tee meet­ings and ACAS me­di­ated talks, we are in the midst of ar­rang­ing dates to meet. We have again urged the union to sus­pend any planned strikes. In­stead, they have cho­sen to strike on ev­ery Satur­day in Septem­ber.”

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