Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017
One of the RMT union leaders issued a warning that the union and the workers of the railway would ‘just break the law’ if the new anti-strike legislation gets implied by the government. On 14th January, Saturday, around 50 Conservative MPs urged Theresa May to enforce a new legislation that would force the union members to run skeleton service during railway strikes on the Southern Railway.
As a result, RMT’s assistant general secretary, Steve Hedley threatened that the tougher legislation was ‘not going to happen’. Hedley informed that if they try to bring something like that in, they’ll just break the law, as the trade union movement was founded by people breaking unjust laws and unjust laws are meant to be broken.
The services on the Southern Railway that receives around 300,000 commuters every day and the London Underground, faced huge travel disruption in the Southern England as the members of RMT along with ‘Aslef’ called a series of strikes.
In order to prevent further travel disruption in the country, the MPs demanded for new legislation that would ban the unions to call strikes on the ‘critical public infrastructure’ like rail and bus services unless they get a clean chit from a judge for being ‘reasonable and proportionate’.
The transport secretary Chris Grayling wrote a formal letter to the MPs, which warned that a large part of the rail system depends on driver overtime to operate a full timetable, something which is not acceptable and which needs now to be addressed.
At present the Southern Railway is planning to recruit almost 300 new drivers for £49,000-a-year positions as the long ban left them short-staffed.
It seems like the unions might soon create more travel chaos if the legislation gets implemented by the government.