Southern Rail criticised RMT for opposing its ‘modernisation plan’ which, according to its website: guarantees jobs to 2021, introduces new trains on the network and on-board staff.
RMT responded to the planned changes with a press release:
This dispute has never been about money, it is about guaranteeing that there is a second, safety-critical member of staff on-board the current Southern rail services.
There is a ready-made solution to this dispute and that is based on the Scotrail deal that guarantees that second member of staff on all services with the safety competencies to deal with incidents like the recent landslip and derailment at Watford where the guards were crucial in averting a major disaster.
People began tweeting Southern Rail, in what was a bit of a campaign backfire...
They also referred to Southern Rail's Twitter feed as of late...
@SouthernRailUK @RMTunion I support the RMT. You, on the other hand, are a disgrace - see the excuses you have tweeted out this morning.