RMT confirm more strike action on Northern Rail

Arriva Rail North 142053 at Blackburn with a Colne - Blackpool South Service
Arriva Rail North 142053 at Blackburn

Rail union, RMT, has confirmed more strike action on Northern Rail services in a dispute over the role of the guards on Northern trains.

This comes just days after the latest strike, which took place on Thursday 10th May 2018.

The next round of strike action on Arriva Rail North services will take place on Thursday 24th May 2018 and Saturday 26th May 2018.

All Arriva Rail North Conductor, Conductor Instructor and Train Driver members are instructed to take action as follows:

  • Not to book on for any shifts between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Thursday 24th May 2018
  • Not to book on for any shifts between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Saturday 26th May 2018
What did the officials say?

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

It is a tribute to the determination and professionalism of RMT members on Arriva Rail North that they have remained rock solid for over a year now in what is a battle to put public safety before private profit.

“German-owned Northern Rail want to run 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 and they should listen to their front-line staff and pull back
from that plan immediately.

“RMT has agreed arrangements in Wales and Scotland that enshrine the guard guarantee. If it’s good enough for Wales and Scotland to have safe rail services it should be good enough for the rest of Britain.

“The union remains ready for talks.”

Richard Allan, Northern’s Deputy Manager Director, said:

“We are delivering the biggest modernisation programme in a generation for customers, including 98 new trains that are now under construction, better stations and more services.

It is disappointing that RMT has chosen to target its strike action during the week of the Bank Holiday weekend, the first week of the new timetable and several events to commemorate the first anniversary of the Manchester attack.

“We are still prepared to guarantee jobs and pay reviews for conductors until the end of our franchise in 2025, with the Government guaranteeing jobs beyond that, but both guarantees depend on RMT ending its strike action.

“We urge RMT to move away from its nationally coordinated strikes and allow its local representatives to engage in meaningful discussions with us on how we better serve customers on-board our new and refurbished trains.”

Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.

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