20 July 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT calls new phase of industrial action in Serco Caledonian Sleeper pay fight.
RAIL UNION RMT has called a new phase of industrial action in its ongoing dispute over pay justice for Serco Caledonian Sleeper workers.
The action has been called after negotiations with Serco, under the auspices of ACAS, failed with the company refusing to offer a revised pay award without a series of “efficiency savings”.
RMT members employed on the Serco Caledonian Sleeper have already taken a number of rock-solid days of strike action in their ongoing fight for pay justice, after being subjected to a pay freeze, despite being key workers who have worked throughout the pandemic.
The union's National Executive Committee has taken the decision to call further action as follows:-
With effect from 00:01 hours on Friday 30th July 2021, until further notice, members are be instructed:-
• Not to work any Higher-Grade Duty
Additionally, the instruction to Serco Caledonian Sleeper members not to work any overtime and not to work on rest days remains in place until further notice.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“Serco’s cavalier attitude to staff that have kept the Caledonian Sleeper running throughout a global pandemic is a disgrace.
“The company have frustrated all attempts at talks through ACAS with their only offer being subject to an attack on jobs and conditions with a raft of “efficiency changes”.
“Our members want to see pay justice for the work that they do and the union will be fulling backing them in this next phase of industrial action.
“The union remains available for talks.”