To All RMT Scotrail Members (excluding Drivers)
Our Ref: BR2/0001/SR
17th November 2020
Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2020 – Scotrail
I am writing to you in response to the correspondence you have received from Alex White, ScotRail Chief Operating Officer, where he makes a number of statements and allegations that frankly cannot be ignored.
Let us be clear at the outset, you deserve a pay rise for the very reasons stated in Mr White’s correspondence where he states ‘The job you are doing in very difficult circumstances is appreciated by me and everyone who relies on the railway. Please do not underestimate how much we value the efforts of colleagues’. Words are cheap. Actions and a fair pay increase is what should be forthcoming.
Whilst on the one hand you are being praised, on the other, Scotrail’s press release intimates that you are all highly paid, have generous terms and conditions and without having to look too hard, reading between the lines, you should be thankful for your job.
So you are being attacked from various quarters by Scotrail. Praise from management when writing to you telling you how wonderful you are and what a fantastic job you are doing and telling you to vote no in our ballot but belittling you to the press and public as greedy employees who should be thankful to have such a wonderful employer.
There is also the passive aggressive element to all this. The claim that you will be having a negative impact on the ability of key workers to get to work, ignores the fact that throughout this crisis you have been on the front line ensuring services are kept running for this very group of workers that we all respect and admire. Often you have put your own health at risk by doing so.
Also, if there is a will there is a way for Scotrail and Transport for Scotland to agree to pay talks.
In his letter to you, the Chief Operating Officer goes on about public funding and how payroll costs were being met by Government. Well let us be clear, while you have made huge sacrifices during Covid 19, it is business as usual for Abellio Scotrail. As well as having their costs covered by the Scottish Government, Abellio Scotrail will also be paid a “fee” which will mean they will stand to make over 10 million pounds in profits. If Scotrail can be paid a fee then RMT members can be paid a decent pay rise.
I will not refute each and every line of management’s letter and press release. Tit-for-tat responses end up being counter productive. I will state, however, that it is the firm belief of your Representatives and your Union that, even in these difficult times, you have the right to expect your current standard of living to remain intact. Emotional blackmail will not go unchallenged.
So please use you vote and vote YES in the ballot for industrial action.
Fight for a fair pay rise
Vote ‘Yes’ for strike action
Vote ‘Yes’ for action short of a strike