RMT dismisses Southern Rail offer as 'bribe' as row continues

Southern Rail urges RMT to have a referendum on the role of conductors

The dispute between Southern Rail and the RMT union continues (Getty)

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has dismissed a financial offer from Southern Rail, describing it as a "bribe."

Southern Railway had offered the RMT £2,000 per conductor and urged the union to put it to a referendum, saying it hoped this deal would end the dispute over the role of conductors.

Last week the union conducted three days of strike action over the dispute, and another three-day strike is set to go ahead from tomorrow (Tuesday).

MPs have also called for ministers to monitor rail franchise agreements more closely and claim passengers have been let down after a series of strikes which have caused delays and disruption to passengers across London and the south-east, and led to the creation of a new campaign group, the Association of British Commuters.

The Department for Transport has also said improving Southern services is a priority for the government.