RMT analysis reveals it's one rule for the bosses another for the frontline workers at Abellio Scotrail

RMT analysis reveals it's one rule for the bosses another for the frontline workers at Abellio Scotrail

15 April 2021

RMT Press Office

Ahead of next day of strike action on Sunday RMT analysis reveals it's one rule for the bosses another for the frontline workers at Abellio Scotrail as the highest paid director rakes in a 35% pay rise

The Company’s latest accounts, published this week, show that in the year to 31 March 2020, the company posted a loss of £56m, but the highest paid director received total remuneration of £216,000, an eyewatering increase of over 35% from the previous year. Total director remuneration increased by nearly 20% to £395,000 in the same period.


Despite this corporate greed, public subsidy paid to Abellio Scotrail by the Scottish Government has increased every year of the franchise, with a massive £526m paid in the year to March 2020, more than double what it received just four years ago, and £43m more than it received in the 15 months to March 2019.

This extortionate increase in director pay will come as a kick in the teeth for Abellio Scotrail’s workers, who are still being denied basic pay justice and equality by the company, despite being on the frontline throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“It is crystal clear that it is one rule for the big bosses and one for the frontline key workers who have kept Scotland’s railway running throughout the pandemic.

This shameful corporate greed is also being funded by public money, with the Scottish Government coughing up ever increasing amounts of public subsidy to prop up the Dutch state-owned operator. It is abundantly clear that Abellio Scotrail’s poor management has provided neither an acceptable service nor value for money for Scottish passengers and taxpayers.

It is evident from the Company’s actions that it is more interested in pursuing its commercial interests than engaging with RMT around basic workplace justice for its workers. Abellio Scotrail needs to commit to serious talks with us. Until then, RMT’s campaign of action will continue as our members continue their fight for pay equality with other grades.”

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Notes for editors
Abellio Scotrail’s accounts, for the 12 months to 31 March 2020 are available here - https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/SC450732/filing-history

The accounts state that in the prior year, the Company elected to change its accounting period to 31 March to align to the rail year end, and therefore the comparative period, from the year prior is fifteen months from 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2019.

The company posted an operating loss for the year to 31 March 2020 of £56.3m.

During the 12 months to 31 March 2020 the company received subsidy from the Scottish Government of £526.3m compared to £482.8m the previous period (15 months). In the 12 months to December 2016, it received £257.8m in subsidy.

For the year ended 31 March 2020, total director remuneration paid by Abellio Scotrail was £395,000. Total director remuneration for the 15 months to 31 March 2019 was £334,000, an increase of 18% between the two periods.

For the year to 31 March 2020 the highest paid director’s total remuneration was £216,000 compared to £158,000 for the 15 months to March 2019, an increase of 37% between the two periods. Pay received by the same director was £203,000, up 35% from the previous period, when it was £150,000.

RMT Abellio Scotrail Conductor and Ticket Examiner grade members have voted to take Industrial Action over the company’s refusal to negotiate a rest day dynamic payment for all grades, and action is scheduled on the following dates. (NB – for both Abellio Scotrail Conductors and Ticket Examiners, Sunday does not form part of the working week)

Abellio Scotrail Conductor Grade Members:

• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 28th March 2021 (action already taken)
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 4thApril 2021 (action already taken)
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 11th April 2021 (action already taken)
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 18th April 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 25th April 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 2nd May 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 9thMay 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 16th May 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 23rd May 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 30th May 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 6thJune 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 13th June 2021


Abellio Scotrail Ticket Examiner Grade Members:

• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 2nd May 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 9thMay 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 16th May 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 23rd May 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 30th May 2021
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 6thJune 2021

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