30 April 2021
RMT Press Office:
Ticket examiners join ScotRail conductors in strike action this Sunday in fight for pay justice and equality.
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action involving ScotRail conductors and ticket examiners in two separate disputes over the same issue of equality between grades in payments for rest day working goes ahead on Sunday as planned. The union has also confirmed that it will shortly begin balloting engineering grades over the same issue of workplace justice on enhanced payments.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“It is frankly appalling that once again Abellio have resorted to launching attacks on their hard-working staff on social media this week rather than agreeing to talks aimed at resolving this long-running dispute over pay equality across ScotRail grades.
“There has also been a deafening silence from the political leadership in Scotland who are more interested in electoral photo opportunities than they are in putting pressure on Transport Scotland and the ScotRail operators to play fair by their staff out there on the frontline throughout the COVID pandemic.
“We now have the appalling prospect of poorly trained managers being drafted in without any experience to scab on RMT members jobs, regardless of the safety consequences.
“If Abellio and Transport Scotland think our members are going to be burnt off by this refusal to engage then they know nothing of their own workforce and their resilience. RMT remains available for talks and it's about time the company started acting responsibly and took up that offer.”