6 June 2021
RMT Press Office:
Action solid on Scotrail again today as RMT warns of summer of disruption to major events due to total inaction by Government and Transport Scotland.
RAIL UNION RMT said that the latest phase of action by conductors and ticket examiners on Scotrail is being solidly supported across Scotland again today in the long-running fight for pay justice for all grades on enhancements for rest day working.
The union has warned that industrial relations have collapsed to all time low as alongside the current disputes Scotrail have still not received any permission from Transport Scotland to commence any discussion with the unions over the 2021 pay submission
RMT has also warned that the total lack of any political leadership as we gradually move out of lockdown casts a shadow over a wide range of planned events including the Euros, Edinburgh Festival and COP26 as those in control risk a long summer of industrial disruption.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said;
"Our members are standing firm across Scotland again today in this long running fight to pay equality and workplace justice for all Scotrail grades. Their resilience, Unity and determination is a credit to the entire trade union movement.
"It is extraordinary that the political leadership in Scotland who hold a direct brief for transport have allowed industrial relations on their railways to collapse. The continuing disruption to services again today is down to them. They need to intervene and they need to intervene now.
"The Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and Scotrail should all be focused on repairing our damaged industrial relations as passengers will be relying on good public transport services for the major events scheduled as we move out of lockdown in the months ahead.
"RMT is repeating the call for top level summit talks to sort out this industrial relations shambles on Scotland's railways".