RMT - National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers

04/01/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/31/2021 18:06

Second phase of RMT ScotRail action goes ahead

Second phase of RMT action goes ahead from Sunday in continuing fight for equality and justice for ScotRail conductors.

RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a second phase of planned industrial action by ScotRail conductors will go ahead from this Sunday in a fight for equality and justice over enhanced payments for rest day working.

Union members have had no apology from ScotRail for a despicable and aggressive social media campaign slandering their own staff for taking action that's been forced on them during the pandemic despite the fact that it is the front-line workers who have kept trains running at huge personal risk while ScotRail bosses have been able to retreat to a place of safety

Union relations with the company have been further poisoned this week ‎with the offer of what amounts to little more than a pay freeze with a handful of crumbs from the bosses table on a 'self-financing' basis while Abellio milk every penny they can out of the dying months of their ScotRail franchise.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

'I have no doubt that our ScotRail members will continue to show full support and stand shoulder to shoulder during the days of industrial action exactly as they did last Sunday.

'Abellio ScotRail is a company that has opted to declare war on their staff rather than recognising the issues at the heart of this dispute and the company have resorted to disgraceful mud-slinging and deliberate provocation.

'Staff at the front-line who have put themselves at huge risk during this pandemic will take no lectures from company bosses who have kept themselves well clear from danger and who are now seeking to squeeze every last penny out of the dying months of this franchise.

'Those profits and fat management fees are being extracted off the backs of their staff and RMT have made it clear that we will not allow ScotRail to divide the workforce in this cavalier fashion.

'All we are demanding is that ScotRail do what is fair and honour an enhanced rate for rest day working for all grades.

'The union remains available for meaningful talks aimed at settling this dispute.'

Note to Editors

After more than 75% of members voted to strike RMT has instructed them not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 28th March 2021

• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 4th April 2021

• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 11th April 2021

• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 18th April 2021

• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 25th April 2021

• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 2nd May 2021

The union has said it will give notice of further Sundays of action if no agreement is reached with the company.

Additionally, all our Abellio ScotRail Conductor members are instructed not to work any Rest Days or undertake any Higher Grade Duties from 00.01 hours on Friday 26th March 2021 until further notice.