Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th December 2022.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers and (b) representatives of rail franchises on planned strike action.
The Rail Minister has held a meeting with representatives from trade unions and employers to facilitate a conclusion to industrial action. The Secretary of State has recently held introductory meetings with rail unions, namely the RMT, TSSA and ASLEF, and will continue dialogue. We have made clear that it is for employers and Trade Unions to negotiate the details of essential workforce reforms that would enable an affordable pay deal. Ministers’ role is to facilitate and support the ongoing discussions between the rail industry and Trade Unions regarding workforce reform and pay. Ministers have also met with industry and owning groups to understand their viewpoints.
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