More Rail Strikes Planned To Go Ahead Over The Weekend

Train strikes are due to go ahead again tomorrow leaving Northern Rail to warn passengers that services will be affected over the weekend.

RMT, the union for transport workers, has defended their decision to encourage workers to strike and has blamed Northern for delaying the dispute.

According to the group, Northern has been receiving ‘secretive’ payments from the Government in the form of subsidies which are ultimately costing the taxpayer.

A spokesperson for RMT said, ‘It is frankly disgraceful that the German-owned parent company are deliberately prolonging the dispute so that they can milk the British tax-payer for a series of secretive subsidies and bailouts.’

David Brown, managing director at Northern, has reacted to the strike plans by explaining that train staff will be receiving more support in their roles under government directive.

He said, ‘More than 50 per cent of all rail journeys in the UK are made on driver-controlled trains and recently the Department for Transport and Transport for the North publicly confirmed that a second person – in addition to the driver – would be retained on Northern services.

‘This second person will provide customer service, including meeting customer needs on accessibility, safety, security, ticketing and information.’

It is doubtful, considering the rhetoric used by both parties that this dispute will be solved anytime soon.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash believes more can be done to ensure the safety of transport employees, explaining, ‘RMT Northern members will be striking again tomorrow in the long-running fight to put public safety before private profit as the company refuses to lift the axe from above the heads of their safety-critical guards.

‘RMT continues to make every effort to get serious and meaningful talks going with Northern but the company prefers to ignore the safety concerns of their staff and the public alike in a show of complete and utter contempt.’

Anthony Gilmour

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