1 April 2021
RMT Press Office:
Second phase of RMT action goes ahead from Sunday in continuing fight for equality and justice for ScotRail conductors.
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a second phase of planned industrial action by ScotRail conductors will go ahead from this Sunday in a fight for equality and justice over enhanced payments for rest day working.
Union members have had no apology from ScotRail for a despicable and aggressive social media campaign slandering their own staff for taking action that's been forced on them during the pandemic despite the fact that it is the front-line workers who have kept trains running at huge personal risk while ScotRail bosses have been able to retreat to a place of safety
Union relations with the company have been further poisoned this week with the offer of what amounts to little more than a pay freeze with a handful of crumbs from the bosses table on a “self-financing” basis while Abellio milk every penny they can out of the dying months of their ScotRail franchise.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“I have no doubt that our ScotRail members will continue to show full support and stand shoulder to shoulder during the days of industrial action exactly as they did last Sunday.
“Abellio ScotRail is a company that has opted to declare war on their staff rather than recognising the issues at the heart of this dispute and the company have resorted to disgraceful mud-slinging and deliberate provocation.
“Staff at the front-line who have put themselves at huge risk during this pandemic will take no lectures from company bosses who have kept themselves well clear from danger and who are now seeking to squeeze every last penny out of the dying months of this franchise.
“Those profits and fat management fees are being extracted off the backs of their staff and RMT have made it clear that we will not allow ScotRail to divide the workforce in this cavalier fashion.
“All we are demanding is that ScotRail do what is fair and honour an enhanced rate for rest day working for all grades.
“The union remains available for meaningful talks aimed at settling this dispute.”