A publicly owned ScotRail delivering for passengers, communities and worker.
On 1st April 2022, the ScotRail franchise entered public ownership. This is something RMT had long campaigned for, and which we believe will present the best opportunity to deliver a sustainable rail network that prioritises passengers and local communities over profit.
Scotland’s rail network has an essential role to play in reducing carbon emissions and meeting the Scottish Government’s climate change goals, but to deliver this, the Scottish Government must change direction and reject the notion that rail jobs and services should be cut in pursuit of ‘efficiencies’.
That’s why RMT is campaigning for the Scottish Government to invest in creating a publicly owned and affordable, accessible, reliable and expanded rail network that gives greater input to passengers, communities and workers.
Therefore, RMT is calling for sustained public investment to ensure that at ScotRail:
Ticket offices are protected and expanded: The Scottish Government must reject outgoing operator Abellio’s proposals to slash ticket office hours across ScotRail.
Rail services are protected and expanded: The Scottish Government must reverse Abellio’s cut to ScotRail services and expand services to deliver the services local communities require.
Jobs are protected and expanded: ScotRail workers have been heroes during the pandemic, keeping goods and services moving and the Scottish Government must extend the existing No Compulsory Redundancy agreement into the public sector operator and invest in rail skills and jobs.
Please sign our petition and write to your MSP and councillor in support of these goals. You can find their details here - https://www.writetothem.com/