Rail Union RMT has announced that its strike action on Arriva Northern Rail will continue throughout January.
The strikes that have plagued the operator over the introduction of driver only trains on the network reach their 41st day of action this Saturday and will continue now throughout consecutive Saturdays across January 2019.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT continues to make every effort to get serious and meaningful talks going with Northern but the company are not interested and would prefer to call for an inquiry into the dispute to deflect attention from the impact of their behaviour on the travelling public.
“German-owned Northern Rail want to run nearly half a million trains a year without a safety critical guard on board in a move that would wreck both safety and access to services and they should listen to their front-line staff and pull back from that plan immediately.
“We thank the public for their support and understanding throughout this dispute over rail safety and access and the union remains ready for genuine and serious talks.”