The Railway Industry Association is planning high-level talks with the government over the future of railway supply chain companies in the UK, following the signing of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by the Prime Minister today. The historic act by Theresa May marks the beginning of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, and two years are allowed for negotiations over future trade relations to be completed. But supply chain companies are anxious to ensure that the railway industry is represented properly, and that 125,000 jobs remain secure.
The RMT has revealed that the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson contacted the union in a bid to resolve the dispute over driver-only operation on Merseyrail’s new fleet. He spoke to general secretary Mick Cash, and has since followed up this conversation with a letter in which he asks that the union cancels the strike it has called for 8 April, which is Grand National day. Strikes on Northern and Southern in DOO disputes have also been called on the same date. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said he now wants face to face talks with the Mayor as a matter of urgency.
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