Chris Grayling is fanning the flames of strife

15 December 2016

A report today suggested that the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling has called on train operating companies to work together on a strategy for tackling industrial action in the rail industry. Chris Grayling is reported to believe that other companies should not be complacent or gain commercial advantage from Southern’s problems but should instead should try and learn lessons from the current dispute.

Commenting on the report ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘it is illegal for trade unions in the UK to take secondary action so I am staggered by the hypocrisy of the Secretary of State for Transport who is effectively telling train operating companies to take secondary action in support of Southern rail and extend their poor employment practices throughout the rail industry.’

Mick added ‘these comments once again demonstrate that this is a political action by the government that has caused this trade dispute. His call to train operating companies to act collectively against unions will only lead to further unrest and by fanning the flames of strife. I can only conclude that he is either incompetent or panicking or both.’

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