RMT demands that SNP lift roadblock

RMT demands that SNP lift roadblock

27 October 2021

RMT Press Office:

RMT demands that SNP lift the roadblock on rail strike talks as clock ticks down to COP26.

RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that the SNP lift the roadblock that they have imposed on fresh talks over the Scotrail and Caledonian Sleeper disputes with the union stating again that they are ready to reopen negotiations immediately.

The politicians calling the shots on the talks gave RMT a five pm deadline today to accept a "new deal" on Scotrail which the union has already rejected after consultation with members as offering nothing new - just the same numbers repackaged but still loaded with strings that would amount to a defacto pay cut as inflation let's rip.

General Secretary Mick Lynch said;

"Time is running out to get a fair deal for Scotland's rail workers and avoid a shutdown during COP26.

"We stand ready to get back round the table right now but the political leadership in Scotland need to lift their arbitrary deadlines and clear the road blocks to getting those talks back on.

"The ball is in the SNP's court. They need to take responsibility for bringing us to this point and get into a dialogue with the union that puts pay justice on the agenda. We are waiting. "

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