Southern and RMT continue bickering ahead of further strike action this week

PUBLISHED: 12:39 31 October 2016




The dispute is over the changing roles of Southern workers

The ongoing feud between Southern Rail and the RMT union has taken another step today (Monday).

In the latest of a series of letters sent between the company and its workers’ union, Southern has threatened to withdraw its latest offer if strike action goes ahead.

Two days of strike action is planned this week, on Friday and Saturday, over the potential changing role of conductors on Southern trains.

Despite numerous meetings and offers, no deal has been reached so far.

In his letter, GTR’s HR Director, Andy Bindon tells RMT general secretary Mick Cash: “Your unnecessary action is continuing to have a material and negative impact on people’s work and family lives as well the regional economy and I urge you to stop”.

But Mr Cash was quick to respond, commenting: “This is just more threats and bullying from Southern Rail and does nothing at all to resolve the current safety dispute.

“It is also completely meaningless as the union has already rejected the £2000 bribe to sell out safety and the company are well aware of that.”

Strikes are set to go ahead this week and again next month.

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