7 May 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT accuses Abellio of playing fast and loose with safety as conductors and examiners prepare for next day of strike action on Sunday.
RAIL UNION RMT today accused Abellio of playing fast and loose with safety on their trains as conductors and examiners prepare for the next day of strike action on Sunday in a long running fight for equality and justice over enhanced payments for rest day working.
RMT has revealed that Abellio are using volunteers as scab labour to act as a second person on trains who are unqualified and do not have the knowledge, experience and safety competencies required of the job.
The union says that collecting revenue is the driving force behind this reckless decision during a pandemic where public safety and confidence should be the overriding priority.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“It is appalling that rather than sitting down with the union to negotiate a fair settlement to this long running dispute Abellio are prepared to play fast and loose with public safety on those lines still running a Sunday service.
“The silence from the political leadership and Transport Scotland on this issue is deafening and it’s about time they started taking responsibility and called Abellio ScotRail to account.
“Our action goes ahead on Sunday in this fight for pay justice and equality and the union remains available for talks any time, any place, anywhere.”