4 November 2020
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT has launched a petition calling on Transport Scotland to take action to help resolve the union’s ongoing dispute with Caledonian Sleeper operator Serco over staff fatigue and safety.
For months, RMT has been seeking to reach a fair and reasonable resolution which addresses the main causes of staff fatigue, but Serco has continually refused to take action and rejected the union’s reasonable proposals.
Since March, Serco Caledonian Sleeper has been funded by public money under its Emergency Measures Agreement with the Scottish Government. Serco even stands to make a profit under these arrangements, yet it appears to have no desire to protect the safety and welfare of its dedicated key worker employees. RMT is now calling on Transport Scotland to intervene as a matter of urgency to ensure that Serco takes action over staff fatigue.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“Fatigue is a serious condition which threatens both staff and passenger safety on the Caledonian Sleeper. All RMT members are fighting for is a safe working environment for themselves and their colleagues.
“These keyworkers have kept vital rail services running throughout the pandemic, so it is a kick in the teeth that Serco has failed to take action over the causes of their fatigue. Serco’s operations are being funded by public money, and therefore, Transport Scotland should now be intervening to bring about a resolution.
“RMT is calling on the public to sign our petition in support of staff and passenger safety on the Caledonian Sleeper.”
Notes for editors
RMT’s Petition can be accessed at: https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/keep-staff-and-passengers-safe-tackle-worker-fatigue-at-serco-caledonian-sleeper