Chamber urges resumption of Merseyrail/RMT negotiations

Wed, March 22nd, 2017

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Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has today urged the RMT Union to withdraw its intention to strike on Grand National day and resume negotiations with Merseyrail over the introduction of Driver-only operated trains.

Chief Executive Jenny Stewart said: “Clearly there are fundamental and entrenched positions on both sides of this dispute that will be resolved through sensible and considered negotiation and resolution. Using the biggest day of Liverpool’s sporting and social calendar as a negotiating tactic is a disappointing development and we would encourage the RMT to reconsider its stance.

The Grand National is the biggest sporting event in the City’s calendar, contributing massively to the fortunes of small businesses in both Liverpool and Sefton. The inconvenience caused to visitors and, predominantly, local people will be substantial and will not reflect well on our city.

We urge the RMT to reconsider this tactic and encourage both parties to return to the negotiating table as quickly as possible.

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