1 July 2016
RMT Press Office:
Message from RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash:
Once again your RMT Company Council staff side members and negotiating committee attended meetings at ACAS in Glasgow with a view to finding an amicable resolution to our current dispute.
Unfortunately, I regret to advise you that the company’s position has remained the same on each of the five occasions that we attended in good faith.
ACAS have adjourned the talks again due to the lack of any movement.
Scotrail have offered further talks outside ACAS on Wednesday 6th July 2016. Let’s hope they are more serious about resolving this dispute than they have been so far (RMT negotiating team will be attending these talks to try & find a solution to the dispute).
It is essential that we remain focussed and defend the safety and operational role of the Guard and resist attempts to extend Driver Only Operation to other parts of Scotland.
We are asking the company to share with us their vision for Guards within Scotrail in future and they are avoiding giving us the full picture.
It is always difficult to negotiate when only one side is being transparent and open.
Remain steadfast in your resolve to win this dispute and strike a blow for rail safety, passenger services and keeping your Guards skilled”.