23 May 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT members standing firm again today as union calls on First Minister to end her silence on ScotRail dispute over workplace justice.
RAIL UNION RMT said that members are standing firm in strike action again today as the union called on the First Minister to end her silence and put pressue on Transport Scotland to demand that Abellio negotite a settlement to the long-running disputes involving Scotrail conductors and ticket examiners in a fight for equality and justice across grades over the issue of enhanced payments for restday working.
With RMT members committed to an ongoing programme of action the union says that it is wholly unacceptable that leading political figures in Scotland, including the First Minister, have made no comment or intervention whatsoever, making a nonsense of their claims to support fairness and justice for the Scottish people.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“RMT ScotRail Conductor and Ticket Examiner members are standing firm yet again today in their fight for workplace justice and parity between grades. I want to pay tribute to each and every one of them.
“The political leadership in Scotland, including the First Minister herself, needs to end its silence, intervene as a matter of urgency, and put pressure on Abellio ScotRail to resolve this dispute.
“It is a kick in the teeth for these workers, that despite their commitment throughout the pandemic Transport Scotland continues to wage war on essential workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to keep Scotland’s rail services running.
“RMT remains available for talks and it’s about time Transport Scotalnd put pressure on Abellio to get round the negotiating table with the trade union.”