RMT boss Mick Cash: Southern Rail showed contempt to passengers by barring us from crisis talks

'It was not wise for Southern Rail to exclude us from talks', says RMT Union

Mick Cash was banned from a talk with Southern Rail yesterday

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The head of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers says Southern Rail "showed contempt to passengers" by excluding them from crisis talks yesterday.

Talks between Southern Rail and Aslef, the union representing train conductors, took place yesterday at the Acas conciliation service aimed at ending the prolonged period of strikes which has brought misery to commuters across the South East. However the RMT was banned from attending the meeting.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash, who claims he was turned away when he arrived for the talks, said his union's exclusion was "contemptible" and told Julia "our drivers stand shoulder to shoulder with Aslef."

He believes Govia Thameslink, which owns Southern Rail, "don’t seem to be motivated to actually do a deal with us." Cash says he has written to Transport Minister Chris Grayling offering to meet and have a "serious and meaningful discussion," but he's still waiting for a response.

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