30 October 2023
RMT Press Office:
RMT members working on the Caledonian Sleeper service will be balloted from tomorrow (October 31) for strike action over insufficient staffing levels.
The ballot for train hosts and train host team leader grades will open on October 31 and close 21 November.
Union representatives have accused the company of causing adverse stress and anxiety to the workforce by refusing to crew passenger services adequately.
Management has also failed to adhere to a dispute resolution agreement reached in 2019, putting a further strain on industrial relations.
Workers will be asked if they want to take strike action and action short of strike, which would include no rest day working and an overtime ban.
RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch said: “Our members have expertise in what kind of staffing levels you need on the Caledonian sleeper, both in terms of safety and comfort of passengers.
“Management seem intent on picking a fight with RMT members instead of listening and negotiating properly with them.
“A big vote, and turnout for strike action will send the clearest message to Caledonian Sleeper management that they need to respect the workforce and not renege on agreements with the union.”