RMT and Southern Rail Criticised Over 5-Day Rail Strike

The RMT union and Southern Rail have both been criticised for a five-day strike which is resulting in a reduced service across the operator’s network.

Mick Cash, the General Secretary of the RMT, said:

“The strike action this morning is rock solid across the Southern rail network as we fight to put rail safety before the profits of the failed Govia Thameslink operation.

This action has been forced on us by the arrogance and inaction of Govia Thameslink and the government, who have made it clear that they have no interest in resolving this dispute or in tackling the daily chaos on Southern”.

Southern issued a statement saying that:

“Staff are not being taken off trains, there will be as many staff as there are today to support customers”.

On safety Southern said:

“The independent Rail Safety & Standards Board have said that driver-only-operation (DOO) offers ‘no increased risk’ compared to train operation with a conductor closing the doors. RSSB added that DOO could, in fact, ‘potentially deliver some safety benefits’, due to the removal of the risk of miscommunication between driver and guard”.