by derekdeedman on 21 July, 2017
By Stephen Lloyd – Lib Dem MP for Eastbourne
Yesterday I emailed Derek Deedman and others about the meeting I held in Parliament between myself and the bosses of the two unions involved in the Southern Rail dispute. At that meeting they confirmed to me they would call off planned strike action, set for early August, if the Transport Minister, Chris Grayling MP, agreed to talk to them personally to negotiate a resolution to this long-running dispute.
Well, later on in the day, the RMT and ASLEF unions confirmed that they will suspend the strikes after Chris Grayling finally responded to my calls that he agree to talks with the unions with a view to ending the strikes.
This is a significant breakthrough. Proper talks can now take place with the precise aim of bringing the dispute to an end. I want to take this opportunity to thank the General Secretaries respectively, Mr. Cash and Mr. Whelan, for joining me in Westminster for our press conference and for their willingness to make an open-hearted and positive offer to the Secretary of State, Chris Grayling. I hope he now responds in kind so that we can all move forward positively in the future.Leave a comment