25 October 2021
RMT Press Office:
Strike action during COP26 goes ahead as RMT AGM rejects latest "pitiful" pay offer from Scotrail.
Delegates at RMT's AGM in Leeds have voted to reject a “revised pay offer" from Scotrail and to go ahead with strike action alongside Caledonian Sleeper members throughout COP26 in a fight for pay justice for Scotland's rail workers.
Representatives from Scotrail slammed the proposed "new deal", which has been driven by Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP and Transport Scotland, as poor, loaded with productivity strings and wholly unacceptable to the members who voted overwhelmingly for strike action to secure a fair pay deal.
General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
"RMT is a democratic organisation and following a string of impassioned speeches by Scotrail delegates our AGM has voted to reject this offer, to support our Scottish members and to press ahead with the action throughout COP26.
"We have been given a wholly arbitrary deadline of 5pm on Wednesday to accept this deal or the whole pay offer will be pulled. You cannot conduct serious negotiations with that sort of gun pointed at your head.
"Our message to Nicola Sturgeon, Transport Scotland, Abellio and Serco is that there is still time to resolve the pay disputes but it requires some serious movement, the lifting of bogus deadlines and genuine talks. The union is available to get those talks on anytime, anyplace, anywhere. "