Scotrail fares to rise

Scotrail fares to rise

3 January 2018

RMT Press Office:

Scotrail fares to rise by more than three times the increase in Scottish salaries as RMT renews calls for public ownership.

As passengers return to work today in Scotland rail union RMT has revealed that Scotrail fares are to increase by more than three times the increase in Scottish salaries.

Scotrail fares are to increase by 3.2% on average, with peak commuter fares increasing by 3.6%. From 2016-17, salaries for all employees in Scotland grew by one per cent.

The salary increase is reported in the respected Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICE), when inflation is taken into account salaries fell by 1.6%.

RMT has renewed its calls for public ownership of the railway on the 25th year anniversary of railway privatisation legislation whilst RMT activists are leafleting passengers at stations.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“These figures show that privatisation of rail is contributing to the cost of living crisis in Scotland. While Dutch state owned Scotrail’s revenues will increase as a result of the biggest fare increase in five years Scottish workers are getting paid less in real terms and rail travel is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many.

“This year is the 25th anniversary of the Tory legislation that privatised our railways and while a public sector bid for Scotland’s railways proposed by the Scottish Government is welcome we really need the 1993 Railways Act, which comes under the jurisdiction of the UK Government, to be scrapped to bring a permanent end to the damaging fragmentation and privatisation of our railways”    

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Notes for Editors

RMT activists will be leafleting at the following stations.

Glasgow Central 07:30 - 09:00

Edinburgh 16.00-18.00
 
Berwick  0730 - 0930
 
North Berwick 08.00- 10.00
 
Dunbar  08.00- 10.00


The report on Scottish salaries can be found at

https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/ResearchBriefings/Report/2017/11/21/Earnings-in-Scotland--2017#

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