23 June 2016
RMT Press Office:
On second day of Scotrail strike RMT reveals that Dutch-state parent company and top bosses are raking it in at expense of jobs and safety.
On the second in a series of six 24 hour strike on Scotrail, and on the that day RMT members protest at the Dutch embassy calling on the Dutch Government to intervene over Abellio/Scotrail’s failure address the issues at the heart of the guards dispute, new figures reveal that Dutch state railways are raking it in at the expense of jobs and services on Scotland’s rail services.
Scotrail/Abellio’s parent company, Dutch state-owned Nederlandse Spoorwegen, annual report for 2015 states:
“Revenue from passenger transport increased by €821m (£644.8m) primarily due to the start of the ScotRail franchise on 1 April 2015.”
At the same Dominic Booth, MD and Senior Director of Abellio ScotRail, received £525,790 for 2014, an annual pay increase of nearly 35% (£136,246). The Scotrail Franchise was awarded to Abellio in October 2014.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“While our members are on strike again today, defending jobs and safety on Scotland’s railways, Abellio/Scotrail refuse to talk and are instead holed up in their bunker counting out the cash they have lifted out of passenger and taxpayer’s pockets. This Great Train Robbery, propping up services in Holland at the expense of Scotland, is a national disgrace and must be brought to an end. It is about time that the Scottish Parliament, and their Dutch counterparts, started taking this scandal seriously.
"Our members striking again today 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.
"The union remains available for serious and meaningful talks but the ball remains firmly in Scotrail’s court."
RMT protest over Abellio/Scotrail attack on guards and safety
Dutch Embassy Thursday 23rd June at 1000hrs
38 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HA
The protest will be calling on the Dutch Government to intervene over Abellio (a Dutch company) refusing to engage in talks with the union over the dash to Driver Only Operation and the watering down and wiping out of the role of the guards on their Scotrail services.