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Railways: Trade Unions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to facilitate dialogue between the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers and Northern Rail.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

Whilst disputes with Trade Unions are a matter for the Train Operating Company, the Secretary of State has met the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers on a number of occasions in an attempt to facilitate a resolution. In particular to this he has offered the affected members of the Union in Northern (and the other train companies where the union is also in dispute) guarantees of employment beyond the length of these franchises, if this will allow RMT to brings its disputes over Driver Controlled Operation to an end. Unfortunately, the trade union has not acted upon these offers.

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