The strike is in the long-running dispute over the role of guards and rail safety and comes as members gear up for the 34th day of action on Saturday
Currently, Northern is striking on both the 3rd and 10th November 2018.
However, the newly confirmed dates will take passengers suffering from disruption each Saturday until the end of the year.
The additional dates that RMT members are instructed to not to book on are for any shifts that commence between:-
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 17th November 2018
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 24th November 2018
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 1st December 2018
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 8th December 2018
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 15th December 2018
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 22nd December 2018
- 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 29th December 2018
What did the officials say?
RMT 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 continue to bury their heads in the sand regardless of the impact on the travelling public.
“German-owned Northern Rail want to run nearly 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 secured agreements on other English franchises that enshrine the guard guarantee. Similar agreements have also been reached in Wales and Scotland. Arriva Rail North need to do the right thing and come to an agreement that secures a guard on their trains too.
“We thank the public for their support and understanding throughout this dispute over rail safety and access and the union remains ready for genuine and serious talks.”
David Brown, Managing Director of Northern, said:
“In a recent letter to the RMT General Secretary, I called on the union to reconvene talks. RMT will need to demonstrate that they are serious about making progress by suspending industrial action and agreeing to discuss the options that they themselves put forward during the first ACAS talks in September. To date, we have not received a response to this proposal.
“During those talks, the RMT changed its mind about what it would discuss between the first and second meetings, making it impossible to progress. We have offered to explore all options, including those RMT has agreed with other train operators, but they refuse to discuss these with Northern. I am still waiting for a response to my call to them asking them to get back round table and find a solution to their dispute.
“Instead, they have responded by cynically targeting the weekends in November and December to hit Christmas markets and important seasonal events. Not only will this include the 19th consecutive Saturday of RMT strike action but also 42nd day of strike action. RMT’s strikes are causing more and more unnecessary difficulty and inconvenience for our customers and significant loss of earnings for their members.
“Our offer to resume ACAS talks remains open and we will meet the union anytime, anywhere. We challenge the union to suspend their action and come back to the table.”
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