17 March 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT welcomes Scottish Government’s announcement that the publicly owned Operator of Last Resort will run the ScotRail franchise from March 2022.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT welcomes today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that ScotRail services will be run in the public sector, via the Operator of Last Resort, from March 2022 when the current Abellio franchise expires. We have long campaigned for the Scottish Government to utilise its existing powers and take Scotland’s rail passenger services into public ownership and today’s announcement represents a clear victory for this campaign.
“The Scottish Government has also confirmed today that it is looking to extend the Abellio ScotRail Emergency Measures Agreement until September 2021. Rather than propping up Abellio for any longer, RMT is calling on the Scottish Government to have the Operator of Last Resort in place from September this year.
“Public ownership of ScotRail will deliver significant benefits for Scotland’s rail workers, passengers and taxpayers and help enable the creation of an affordable, accessible and sustainable rail network that contributes to Scotland’s decarbonisation targets.
“In light of today’s announcement, RMT will be seeking urgent discussions with the Scottish Government to ensure that all ScotRail workers’ jobs, pay and conditions are protected throughout this process and once they transfer to the new operator.”