Responding to the RMT’s announcement that its members have voted in favour of business motion, Andrew Haines, Community Rail’s chief govt, mentioned:
“The RMT has jumped the gun right here as everybody loses if there’s a strike. We all know our individuals are involved about job safety and pay. As a public physique we have now been engaged on providing a pay improve that taxpayers can afford, and we proceed to debate this with our trades unions. We urge the RMT to sit down down with us and proceed to speak, not stroll, in order that we will discover a compromise and keep away from damaging industrial motion.
“We’re at a key level within the railway’s restoration from the pandemic. The taxpayer has supplied the business with £16bn value of further life assist over the past two years and that can’t proceed. Journey habits have modified eternally and the railway has to alter as effectively to adapt to this new actuality. We consider that by modernising – creating safer jobs for our folks and working the railway extra effectively – we will construct a sustainable future with a railway that delivers for passengers and taxpayers.
“Any industrial motion now can be disastrous for our business’s restoration and would vastly affect important provide and freight chains. It might additionally serve to undermine our collective potential to afford the pay will increase we need to make.”