Rail strikes

3rd October 2017

Witham MP Priti Patel has criticised the RMT union for industrial action taking place today (3 October 2017) and on Thursday (5 October 2017) and slammed the Labour Party for not condemning the strikes. Despite Greater Anglia running 60% of services where the driver operates the doors and Abellio guaranteeing jobs for the franchise period, the RMT still called guards out on strike in an attempt to disrupt services and cause misery to commuters. Priti said: 

“This strike is completely unnecessary. Most services already run with the driver operating the doors and with jobs being guaranteed the RMT is using commuters and guards as pawns in their political games. While the RMT is out celebrating the strikes, commuters will be shocked to see that the Labour Party has failed to condemn this industrial action. The Labour leadership stands on the side of the militant few and Jeremy Corbyn will always put the vested interests of Labour’s trade union paymasters above the hard working public.” 

“Contingency plans were put in place by Abellio with staff from elsewhere being redeployed so the disruption that the RMT had sought never materialised. Their members lost pay for being out of strike because the union called them out on false pretences. The RMT should be ashamed of itself.”

Priti added:

“We have seen with the disruption on Southern Trains that the RMT is committed to a politically motivated campaign that heaps misery onto commuters. They will not be able to get away with those tactics in this part of Essex.”


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