44th day of Northern strike action set to go ahead

Credit: Northern

RMT has announced that the 44th day of strike action on Northern Rail will go ahead as planned tomorrow.

Tomorrows strike takes place in the ongoing dispute over the role of the guard.

Due to the strike, many services will be cancelled or changed. Please check before travelling.

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What did the officials say?

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:

“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. 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.

“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.

“RMT will not be party to the dilution of the safety culture on Northern Rail trains in a drive to prop up German owners Deutsche Bahn’s profits – it is nothing short of a scandal that Northern passengers are paying some of the highest fares in Europe, travelling on unreliable and rammed out trains, to subsidise the domestic operations of the German parent company.

“That is why our members will be standing solid again tomorrow for the 44th day in support of a safe and accessible railway for all.

“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.”

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  1. Just to think of how many strikes that Northern will be getting throughout 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and beyond. I think that the train company will always be the worst rail franchise in England’s railway history and to set the record of being the worst rail operator that has conceded so many strikes that passengers using Northern have suffered with so many delays, cancellations and trains not running on time no matter if the strikes are on or off. It’s such a shame that Northern have caused lots of problems with themselves and with their passengers in the last couple years.


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