RMT suspends ALL Northern rail strikes

Northern 170 at Leeds
Credit: Dan Sutcliffe

RMT has announced that, due to substantial progress being made, they have suspended the programme of strike action on Northern.

Talks through the offices of ACAS has allowed for the suspension in the ongoing dispute over the role of guards.

The train operator has now offered a guarantee of a conductor on all trains, including the new fleet, for the duration of the current franchise.

The guarantee is supported by the Department for Transport.

Further talks, involving all stakeholders, will now seek further agreement on operational models.

What did the officials say?

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“Firstly I want to pay tribute to RMT’s members on Northern Rail whose resilience and determination though two years and 47 days of action has been the foundation on which today’s major breakthrough has been based. They are an absolute credit to both this union and the wider movement.

“I also want to thank the travelling public for their extraordinary support and both Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram for their efforts that have been important in allowing us to break the deadlock today.

“Today’s offer of a guarantee of a conductor on all services throughout the duration of the franchise, including the new fleet, is the substantial progress we have been pushing for and has allowed RMT’s executive to take the decision to suspend the current action and allow for further talks to now take place with all stakeholders around the operational details.”

“The union will make further statements in due course.”

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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.
  • Finally. But will RMT hold it for long time with no strikes to be allowed. Or will they come back to cause more misery with passengers using Northern.