Rail passengers face more strikes in the new year
Industrial action every Saturday in January
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.