‘It’s a stunt, they are doing it for effect’ - Transport Secretary Grant Shapps

The Transport Secretary has said he does not meet with unions, as he described calls for him to join them round the negotiating table as a “stunt”. Grant Shapps said there will be meetings of the Cobra emergency committee on the rail strikes this week. The trade unions have called on the Government to join the negotiation talks, which Cabinet ministers have refused to do. Mr Shapps said: “I don’t typically meet with them because it’s a red herring. If I thought there was a one in a million chance it would make a slightest bit of difference of course I would do so at the drop of the hat."

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