Southern Rail Strike: 'If Chris Grayling bans railway strike action, we'll break it', says RMT assistant

Southern Rail Strike: 'If Chris Grayling puts in a law banning railway strike action, we'll break it', says RMT Assistant General Secretary

Chris Grayling

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A leading member of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport Union (RMT) has responded to Chris Grayling's threat to criminalise further strike action on British railways.

Today marks the second day of the train driver walkout against Southern Rail in the long-running dispute on safety. All services across the Southern network remain cancelled, contributing to the worst railway disruption seen in 20 years. 

Yesterday, the transport secretary said he would take "a careful look" at legislation to prevent further strike action on the railways in an interview with the BBC. 

Steve Hedley, the RMT's assistant general secretary, responded to Grayling by telling Paul Ross "if he thinks he can come along and enslave people, he's got another thing coming.

"If he puts in a law banning strike action on the railways, we will break that law. It's quite simple.

"Chris Grayling, he's something else. I thought a government minister was going to come in and try to get things in order, instead he's come in and thrown fuel on the fire.

"He should resign and take the managing director of Southern Railways with him. Grayling is a disaster no matter where he's gone.