1 June 2021
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that strikes will go ahead from the 15th June after a ballot of members on the Serco Caledonian Sleeper returned a massive 85% vote in favour of strike action over pay.
The ballot took place after the company attempted to impose a pay freeze on hardworking staff who have kept the service running throughout the Covid pandemic.
The union’s National Executive Committee has now had the opportunity to consider the ballot result in favour of taking industrial action and has taken the decision to call on all RMT members to take the following strike action by not booking on for any shifts that commence between:-
11:59 hours on Tuesday 15th June 2021 to 11:59 hours on Saturday 26thJune 2021
Furthermore, with effect from 12:00 hours on Saturday 26th June 2021, until further notice, members are instructed:-
Not to work any overtime
Not to work on your rest day
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“Following the overwhelming vote in the recent ballot of RMT members on the Serco Caledonian Sleeper the unions executive has now confirmed dates for strike action from the 15th June.
“Our members reasonably expected a pay rise as a reward for the hard work that they carried out in the past year during the pandemic. I doubt very much that the Serco shareholders have been told that there will be no dividend for them.
“This contempt towards a loyal and dedicated workforce is completely unacceptable and RMT will be backing them all the way.
“The union remains available for talks aimed at resolving this dispute.