25 September 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to MSPs safety concerns on Scotland’s railway caused by staff vacancies and redundancies.
RAIL UNION RMT today welcomed Members of the Scottish Parliament raising much needed awareness of safety concerns on Scotland’s railway following reports that Network Rail in Scotland has over 200 infrastructure vacancies whilst at the same time some of the biggest private rail infrastructure contractors including Babcock Rail, SPL Powerlines, Story Plant and AMCO are ploughing ahead with redundancies, posing safety concerns with Scotland’s rail infrastructure.
MSPs have tabled Parliamentary Questions and a Motion calling on the Scottish Government to ensure the safety on Scotland’s railway by protecting and increasing vital infrastructure jobs on Scotland’s railways to keep Scotland moving as the country moves into the next phase of the Covid-19 crisis.
In the motion the MSPs say they are;
“alarmed that these reported rail infrastructure redundancies and unfilled vacancies will adversely impact on the quality of the rail network and passenger safety.”
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;
“RMT is concerned that this double whammy of significant vacant posts in Network Rail Scotland while private contractors make vital railway workers redundant is putting huge pressure on an already stretched workforce.
“We’d like to thank those MSPs who have shone a light on this and we now need cast iron guarantees from the Scottish Government that they will ensure those vacant posts are filled as quickly as possible and that there will be no more redundancies by private contractors and ensure there is a proper strategy to protect and increase vital rail jobs in Scotland.”