RMT calls on Scottish First Minister to support Scotrail and CalMac workers

RMT calls on Scottish First Minister to support Scotrail and CalMac workers

8 May 2024

RMT Press Office:

Rail and ferries union, RMT has called on SNP first minister John Swinney to solve outstanding issues around Scotrail and the future of CalMac.

Scotrail members will take strike action over the role of the guard on services along the Barrhead and East Kilbride routes on May 18,19,25 and 26 May. 
Strike action is also scheduled for June 1 and 2.
Publicly owned CalMac Ferries faces an uncertain future with an announcement expected in the summer on whether to put this lucrative public contract out to competitive tender.
RMT wants to see the next Clyde and Hebrides ferry services contract directly awarded to CalMac, which is the Scottish Government’s preferred option at present. 
A direct award to CalMac must be delivered, for the long-term stability and reliability of all public ferry services in Scotland. 
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "The new First Minister has an opportunity to settle the dispute on Scotrail and to deliver the commitment to the future of publicly owned CalMac ferry services in the west of Scotland.
"Dealing with these issues will show what kind of Scotland John Swinney wants to build and that the Scottish Government is committed to reaching negotiated settlements with unions for the mutual benefit of workers and passengers."

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