Rail pas­sen­gers face more strikes in the new year

In­dus­trial ac­tion ev­ery Satur­day in Jan­uary

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - By John Ed­wards john.ed­[email protected]­Me­dia.co.uk Twit­ter: @TheScar­boroNews

The New Year will not bring any pos­i­tive news for rail pas­sen­gers on the York­shire coast, af­ter fur­ther strikes were an­nounced for Satur­days through­out Jan­uary.

There have al­ready been more than 40 days of in­dus­trial ac­tion af­fect­ing ser­vices be­tween Scar­bor­ough, Bridling­ton and Hull in 2018, and ef­forts to find a res­o­lu­tion have failed.

RMT mem­bers are ex­pected to walk out on Jan­uary 5, 12, 19 and 26, in ad­di­tion to their plannned strike on De­cem­ber 29, be­cause of the on­go­ing row about keep­ing guards on trains.

Its 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.”

North­ern has for­mally writ­ten to ACAS re­quest­ing it to use its pow­ers to estab­lish an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry.

Its deputy manag­ing di­rec­tor Richard Al­lan said: “The RMT dis­pute means cus­tomers, busi­nesses and the wider econ­omy in the North have suf­fered the cost of 40 days of RMT strikes, in­clud­ing ev­ery Satur­day in Sep­tem­ber, Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and now De­cem­ber.

“Cus­tomers, em­ploy­ers and col­leagues are look­ing for both par­ties to re­solve the dis­pute.

“We call on RMT to join us in com­mit­ting to the in­quiry and sus­pend­ing its in­dus­trial ac­tion whilst the in­quiry takes place.”

Pas­sen­gers have faced more than 40 days of rail strikes af­fect­ing North­ern Rail in 2018.

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