RMT members on strike on the Carlisle – Settle line, January 2015. © RMT On-board catering staff on Northern Rail services between Carlisle and Settle are today on strike in a continuing row over redundancies. The RMT members’ 24-hour strike began at m …
On-board catering staff on Northern Rail services between Carlisle and Settle are today on strike in a continuing row over redundancies.
The RMT members’ 24-hour strike began at midnight.
The union’s grievance is with the Settle and Carlisle Development company – a company set up for sustainable and economic development along the line – which has declared the compulsory redundancy situation, despite the company doing well financially.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Firstly, I want to congratulate our members for their determination and solidarity in the first wave of action last weekend which attracted widespread support and media coverage. Despite that action it is crystal clear that the company still aren’t listening and we therefore have no option but to put on a second phase of action this week.
“The last thing we expected on the historic Settle/Carlisle rail line was a compulsory redundancy situation – it seems the companies actions are at odds with their stated objectives leading them into a regrettable and wholly avoidable dispute with Britain’s biggest rail union. This is a kick in the teeth for loyal and hard-working staff who have fought to save and develop this well-loved service.
“Astonishingly the company has sited potential rail franchise changes in 2016 as a reason for the compulsory redundancy now, when the specifications for the rail franchises are still nor known and the franchises themselves will not actually be let for some considerable time.
“Despite numerous requests to look at alternatives to compulsory redundancy the company has pressed ahead . In these circumstances RMT has no option but to put on a second phase of action and the union remains available for further talks.”
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