4 October 2020
RMT Press Office:
First 48 hour strike on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper rock solid this evening as RMT members fight for safe working conditions.
RAIL UNION RMT said today that the first of two 48 hour strikes on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper is rock solid this evening with pickets out in force at key locations as RMT members fight for safe working conditions. The action started at 1730 hours.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“RMT members are standing rock solid in their strike action on the Caledonian Sleeper this evening but it remains a scandal that SERCO appear to have deliberately provoked this dispute and have never had any intention of entering serious talks. Instead of working with the union on a solution to the very real issues of safety and fatigue they have declared war on their staff. That is a disgrace.
“It is also wholly unacceptable that the political leadership in Scotland, distracted by the scandal of one of their own travelling on trains while COVID positive, have not lifted a finger to help us settle this dispute. They should get off their backsides and haul SERCO into line. Their lack of action is grossly irresponsible.
“Our members on the Caledonian Sleeper, demanding nothing more than a safe working environment, deserve better than this shocking treatment. We are grateful for the huge level of support that has flooded in and its now down to the company to get serious and negotiate a settlement.”