10 November 2021
RMT Press Office:
On eve of strike action on Caledonian Sleeper RMT calls for Scotland's political leadership to intervene.
RAIL UNION RMT has called on Scotland's political leadership to take responsibility and intervene as strike action on Caledonian Sleeper during the closing days of COP26 goes ahead tomorrow in an on-going fight for pay and workplace justice for Scotland's rail workers – staff at the sharp end of providing green transport alternatives.
The union has confirmed that the most recent offer of 1.4% from the company, way below both inflation and the deal agreed on Scotrail, has been overwhelmingly rejected by members and as a result the planned action remains on;
Sleeper staff will take the following strike action;
Thursday 11th November 2021 from 1159 hours until 1158 hours on Saturday 13th November 2021
RMT says that political pressure was instrumental in securing a settlement to the Scotrail pay dispute and the union is now seeking a similar intervention on the eve of the latest block of sleeper action.
General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
"After a settlement was brokered on Scotrail it is appalling that the similar calls for workplace justice on Scotland's sleeper service are being ignored and the workforce left out in the cold
“There is still time to come up with a fair pay settlement for this key group of Scotland's rail workers as COP26 enters its final days. That would be an important statement of support for a group of staff providing green transport alternatives.
“It's time for all parties to take the Caledonian Sleeper workers seriously, get back round the table and give these staff at the front line of our green transport services the justice, respect and reward they deserve.”