24 July 2019
RMT Press Office:
Massive Vote for Action on Caledonian Scottish Sleeper over Intolerable Working Conditions
RMT members on the Caledonian Scottish Sleeper – run by SERCO – have voted overwhelmingly for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over intolerable pressure on staff following the introduction of new fleet.
Since the introduction of the new trains staff morale has sunk to an all-time low and RMT members have suffered workplace stress and mental health issues. The insufficient staffing levels, insufficient training and an unresponsive management regime have all contributed to a complete breakdown in industrial relations which has sparked the action ballot.
Members have voted by more than ten to one for both strike action and action short of a strike in a turnout of over 80%. The result will now be considered by the union’s executive who will decide on the next steps.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Our members on the Caledonian Sleeper are sick and tired of paying the personal price for the botched introduction of the new fleet and that is why they have delivered this overwhelming vote for action.
“It is time for SERCO to wake up and take note of the appalling working conditions their mismanagement has lumped on their staff and to take action to resolve this dispute.
“The result will now be considered by the union’s executive and we remain available for genuine and meaningful talks.”