Greens stand with RMT Southern Conductors on strike over passenger safety

Davy Jones and Brighton and Hove Greens at the RMT conductors’ picket line at Brighton Station

Greens stood in solidarity with RMT Train Conductors on Southern Rail today and yesterday as they took strike action against the extension of driver-only operation (DOO).

The RMT called its members to take industrial action against the measure, which will not only mean fewer train conductors, but also put passengers’ and train drivers’ safety at risk.

Brighton and Hove Green Group leader Phélim Mac Cafferty visited the RMT picket line at Brighton Station early on in the strike, commenting that he was “proud” to show his support.

Davy Jones, Green Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown, and other members of Brighton and Hove Greens also visited the picket line at Brighton Station to show solidarity with the RMT members on strike.

GPTU secretary Kieron Merrett supporting the RMT conductors’ picket line at Victoria

Meanwhile, Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) committee members Kieron Merrett and Anna Jordan stood in solidarity with RMT conductors on strike at London Victoria station this morning. GPTU was delighted to learn that the RMT’s strike has been rock solid, with near-full participation from Southern Conductors.

RMT members voted in huge numbers for the strike, giving the union an unassailable mandate for industrial action which far surpassed the new thresholds set down in the Tories’ Trade Union Bill. GPTU previously congratulated RMT on its “Trade Union Bill-busting” mandate for action.

GPTU wishes RMT conductors every success in their dispute with Southern Rail, and will support future planned strike dates on 10th-11th and 12th-13th May.


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