9 May 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT strike action solid again today as Abellio Scotrail stand accused of playing fast and loose with safety in conductors and examiners disputes.
RAIL UNION RMT said today's conductors and examiners strike action remains rock solid again this morning as Abellio stand accused of playing fast and loose with safety on their trains rather than meeting with the union to settle the long running disputes over equality and justice in respect of enhanced payments for rest day working.
RMT has revealed that Abellio are using volunteers as scab labour to act as a second person on trains who are unqualified and do not have the knowledge, experience and safety competencies required of the job.
The union says that collecting revenue is the driving force behind this reckless decision during a pandemic where public safety and confidence should be the overriding priority.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“Our action remains absolutely solid again today and it is frankly appalling that rather than sitting down with the union to negotiate a fair settlement to this long running dispute Abellio are prepared to play fast and loose with public safety on those lines still running a Sunday service.
“With the elections now done and dusted it is down to the political leadership and Transport Scotland to start taking responsibility and call Abellio ScotRail to account.
“As we have said repeatedly the union remains available for talks any time, any place, anywhere.”