RMT - National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers

12/23/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/23/2020 03:33

RMT set to declare dispute on East Midlands Railway over safety

RMT set to declare dispute on East Midlands Railway over company refusal to implement safety measures

RAIL UNION RMT's national executive will be meeting today with a recommendation to declare a dispute on East Midlands Railway over the company's refusal to implement the most basic safety measures.

The union has been inundated with complaints by furious members over issues including:

• Refusal to mark vestibules as no waiting areas
• Refusal to label seats not for use
• Failure to reintroduce no commercial duties on train (as per the September revenue agreement)
• Failure to protect staff despite raising concerns (St. Pancras)
• EMR has scrapped reservations and no reservation only travel policy as per LNER, Avanti, etc.
• EMR lifting ticket restrictions without any consultant or consideration of the impact of social distancing and safety on trains
• Disciplinary dismissals
• Clause 9 dismissals, despite the failure of employer to abide by its own procedures.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

'Our members on East Midlands Railway are furious over the way they are being treated with a refusal by the company to implement the most basic safety measures. It is extremely disappointing and impossible to comprehend why the company seems to be introducing unnecessary risk into the already dangerous working conditions of our members.

'They are frontline workers keeping the service running in the midst of a pandemic and the least they can expect from the company is basic safety precautions for staff and the travelling public.

'I have reminded members that they have the right under law to refuse to undertake any work which they believe is unsafe and, in particular, the right to refuse to work in situations of serious and imminent danger, and to flag up potential hazards to their management.

'RMT's national executive is meeting to today to discuss the issue with a recommendation to declare a dispute with East Midlands Railway.'
any work which you believe is unsafe and, in particular, the right to refuse to work in situations of serious and imminent danger, and to flag up potential hazards to your management.