Merseyrail has confirmed that independent conciliation talks between the train operating company and the rail union, RMT, will begin on Thursday 5th April 2018.
Passengers across the region will now have a clear position from the RMT and that it will be willing to work with Merseyrail through independent conciliation.
This has been recommended by the City Region’s Metro Mayor.
At the end of this, it is hoped to find an outcome to the long-running dispute.
What did the officials say?
Commenting on the RMT agreement to attend, Jane English Human Resources Director at Merseyrail said:
“It’s early days yet in the process but I am pleased that the RMT has taken this first step in endorsing independent conciliation as a means to getting an end to this dispute.”
“On behalf of guards and the public and after several months since the original recommendation of independent conciliation I am pleased that the RMT has now taken up the offer, where all options will be considered to achieve a resolution to this dispute.”
“We now look forward to working at getting a suitable agreement.”