27 June 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT to lobby Scottish Parliament on Thursday in Scotrail fight.
RAIL UNION RMT, currently locked into a programme of industrial on Scotrail over the safety-critical role of the guard, will be taking their fight direct to the Scottish Parliament this Thursday - 30th June.
Union members and their supporters will outside the Parliament buildings at Holyrood from 11.15 am on Thursday, demanding that the Government take the issues at the heart of the dispute seriously and apply serious pressure to Abellio/Scotrail to reach a settlement that recognises the unions overwhelming safety-case.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“Our members on Scotrail are standing firm and united in the industrial action as they fight to defend the safety-critical role of the guard. They are a credit to the trade union movement and we are proud of them.
"With a catalogue of serious safety breaches now emerging due to Scotrail's cavalier attempt to run services with a crew of ill-trained and ill-prepared scab managers it is now time for the Scottish Government to get off the fence and get involved. They need to wake up and start taking responsibility for what is happening on their watch.
"Our members taking strike action know that any extension of DOO or DCO is a clear attack on both the safety of the travelling public hard earned terms and conditions. RMT members should not have to face the risk of their role and responsibilities being reduced and undermined.
"The workforce also know only too well that there is a very real threat to passengers of watering down and wiping out the safety critical role of the guard on these Scotrail services. That is a lethal gamble with basic rail safety and one that the political leadership in Scotland cannot ignore."