13 July 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to news that Scottish Transport Minister is convening Resilience Committee in advance of strike action and Open Golf.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The minister and his colleagues in the Scottish Government need to remember that this dispute has been created by Abellio/Scotrail via Transport Scotland on behalf of his own administration who have the power to sort it out.
"It is clear to the union from their failure to intervene that the Scottish Government are committed to introducing driver only trains, a practice that RMT views as unsafe and inherently dangerous. Our concerns are backed up by growing evidence of clear and present danger at the Platform/Train Interface.
"It is hypocritical of the transport secretary to try and wash his hands of this dispute when he has instructed Scotrail to go full steam ahead with driver only trains.
"RMT has been engaging with the public over the last eight weeks and we have the overwhelming support of the Scottish people who want to see a safety critical guard on our services and not this watered down version of scheduling a second person on the train who has no safety critical function and who can be removed at the drop of a hat.
"Instead of colluding with Scotrail in the point blank refusal to discuss the new Hitachi rolling stock the transport secretary should be forcing his contractors into a full and meaningful discussion of the whole range of issues at the heart of this dispute. "