Southern strike union RMT in ‘full and frank’ government talks – BBC News

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Image caption The conflict over the function of conductors on Southern rail has actually been continuous for more than a year

The RMT union has actually held “frank and complete” talks with the transportation secretary in the middle of more than a year of commercial action on the Southern rail network.

The business has actually remained in disagreement with both the RMT and Aslef unions over modifications to the function of guards and driver-only run (DOO) trains.

RMT basic secretary Mick Cash stated Chris Grayling now had a “clear understanding” of its position.

Mr Grayling stated: “We desire more individuals assisting guests … not less.”

“I mored than happy to consult with the RMT and repeat the deal of long-lasting dedications to personnel who operate in the rail market,” he stated in a declaration.

Mr Grayling, who had a conference with the train motorists’ union Aslef on Thursday, included that he hoped the conversation would lead the way for the resuming of talks in between the RMT and Southern “so we can figure out this circumstance and get services back to regular”.

Further talks

Strikes next month by both unions were suspended after they were called by Mr Grayling welcoming them to talks.

The RMT is likewise in disagreement with Northern rail and Merseyrail over DOO trains, which it states would be risky and result in prevalent task losses.

It has actually alerted action might infect South West Trains and Greater Anglia.

Following Friday’s talks, Mr Cash stated “the more comprehensive problem of how the extension of DOO effects nationally on other rail franchises” was likewise talked about.

He stated Mr Grayling had actually accepted fulfill the union once again, and the RMT would likewise be looking for more conferences with Southern and the other train business “as we look for to move forwards in the interests of available and safe rail services for all”.

Mr Cash included that the transportation secretary likewise consented to have additional conversations concerning “our issues in regard of the loss of knowledgeable rail tasks as an outcome of the downsizing of Network Rail’s renewals program”.

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