The confrontation between the primary rail union and the federal government has stepped up, with a prime RMT official describing the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, as “a snake-oil salesman”.
It follows Mr Shapps telling parliament that the union needs “to pull the railway again to the Seventies”.
The transport secretary stated: “They’re using the techniques of bygone unions: deflecting accountability for his or her strikes on to others; making an attempt to shift the blame for his or her motion, which can trigger disruption and injury to thousands and thousands of individuals; and claiming that others are in some way stopping an settlement to their negotiation.”
However on the primary day of the most important rail strike since 1989, Eddie Dempsey, senior assistant common secretary of the RMT, informed The Unbiased: “I’m afraid Grant Shapps couldn’t lie straight in mattress. He’s a snake-oil salesman, he’s been mendacity to the British public, he’s been mendacity to Parliament.
“Lots of what the federal government is saying is lunatic hyperbole and incendiary remarks. They don’t desire a settlement.
“The federal government is stripping billions out of our business concurrently defending earnings within the business, lots of it going to tax havens, and telling our members they’ve acquired to lose their jobs and tighten their belts.
“We predict that’s a shame, and we’re ready to struggle to verify our members have gotten job safety and a pay rise. So if we are able to get that settlement these strikes shall be known as off.”
In a revelation concerning the heat of the connection between the union and the administration of Community Rail and the practice operators, Mr Dempsey informed The Unbiased the employers had performed themselves “with grace”.
He stated: “I’ve to say individuals on the business facet of this dispute have been conducting themselves correctly, and in case you hearken to their assertion it’s fairly measured, however Grant Shapps is holding the pen. So till he lets go of it, we are able to’t attain a settlement and the disputes will stay on.”
Mr Shapps’s speech to parliament added: “We’ve seen union leaders use all of the tips within the e book to confuse, to obfuscate and to mislead the general public.
“I don’t suppose the general public shall be hoodwinked.”
Additional strikes are set for Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June. Disruption to providers will proceed till Sunday 26 June.