Mick Cash says RMT would be open to 'Christmas truce' on Southern network

The Southern strikes have brought misery to thousands of people across London and the South East

Southern Rail commuters have been blighted by repeated strikes this year

Monday, December 19, 2016

The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers' union has told talkRADIO his members would consider a "Christmas truce" on the Southern Rail network.

Mick Cash said the union is happy to take a reasonable position if transport secretary Chris Grayling is willing to meet them. 

Cash made the comment during the second part of his heated interview with James Whale and Ash Gould on the Southern crisis, which has seen a fresh wave of strike action begin this morning.

James said the UK rail system is completely unreliable and must be addressed, but Cash suggested the current problem is rooted in Southern's failure to staff its network adequately.

Cash also said he was proud of his members for "standing up for what they believe in" and said they've been unfairly "demonised" by the public. James and Ash had little sympathy for his comments, however, with James suggesting that if the RMT members are so upset with Southern, they should quit their jobs.

Listen above to hear the interview, or click here to listen to the first part of the interview, during which James accused Cash of using tragedy to further his own ends.