In February, 2019, RMT agreed to suspend its strike action and recommence talks about the future role of the conductor. This followed positive discussions between RMT and Northern - brokered by ACAS Chair, Sir Brendan Barber.

David Brown, Managing Director, Northern said: “We warmly welcome RMT’s decision to suspend its strike action and recommence talks about what the future role of the conductor looks like. We have been very clear in these discussions that there will be a conductor on all our trains now and into the future. We are looking forward to further positive talks with RMT about operational models moving ahead so that we can resolve their dispute and bring it to an end. The suspension of the RMT strikes is good news for customers and businesses across the North."

ACAS talks between RMT and Northern continue and we will update when any progress is made.