First Group agrees to talks over commuter breakfasts


The RMT has suspended tomorrow’s high profile demonstration to save breakfast services on early First Great Western services between Exeter and London after the company agreed to a meeting to discuss in full the union’s demand that the services be protected.

RMT had raised concerns that First Group were deliberately running the 5.46am service out of Exeter St David’s to Paddington with inadequate kitchens meaning that hot breakfasts are often unavailable.An Early Day Motion (2153) sponsored by RMT Parliamentary Convenor John McDonnell, has pulled in political support from MP’s across the area served by FGW and beyond and jacked up the pressure to retain the full breakfast service.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “We welcome the fact that First Great Western have agreed to meet with us on Thursday to discuss our demand that the breakfast services on the early trains between Exeter and London be retained in full. We will press that point in the meeting and seek concrete assurances from the company.

“RMT’s campaign to defend high-quality passenger services across the rail network, from catering to cleaning, will continue.”

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