RMT reaction to two 'Green Freeport' sites for Scotland
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said:
"Freeports are fatally flawed because they will be operated in private not public interests and it's sad to see the SNP Government fall for this confidence trick by Boris Johnson's ultra-capitalist Tories.
Union to meet new Transport Minister
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement in the Parliament yesterday that it is holding a ‘National Conversation’ about a ‘New Beginning’ for ScotRail, which enters public ownership on 1 April 2022, RMT warns that this ‘New Beginning’ must not mean cuts to ticket...
Union's call on Nicola Sturgeon to scrap ScotRail cuts
On the day that the public consultation over proposals to reduce ticket office opening hours across the ScotRail network closes, a coalition of organisations representing ScotRail workers and passengers, disabled people, environmentalists, women, and pensioners in Scotland have written to...
RMT calls for meeting with the First Minister
CALMAC Union RMT today called for a meeting with Ministers in response to weekend press reports that the Scottish Government is planning to privatise the contract for lifeline ferry services in the west of Scotland.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch...
Transport and energy workers to protest tomorrow
Marking the three-month anniversary of the beginning of the COP26 Climate Conference transport and energy workers are to march to the office of the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tomorrow to protest at the betrayal by the SNP / Green Government of...
RMT calls for Nicola Sturgeon ScotRail intervention
Rail Union RMT has today written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP to call on her to urgently intervene in RMT ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper members’ ongoing fights for pay justice and fairness. With the prospect of industrial action...
ScotRail COP26 strike action goes ahead
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said;
"There was a golden opportunity for Scotrail to make serious progress in talks today but instead they offered nothing of any consequence and as a result our action throughout COP26 goes ahead as planned....
Six months to save Scotland's Railways
RAIL UNIONS and their supporters will be holding a "Six months to save Scotland's railways" protest this lunchtime.
RMT, jointly with Aslef, TSSA and Unite is holding the demonstration, outside the First Minister’s official residence, Bute House, Edinburgh, commencing at...
Scotland falls at first hurdle over ScotRail cuts
As the SNP Scottish Government prepares to debate its plans for a ‘Net Zero Nation’ rail union RMT says that its recently announced power sharing agreement with the Scottish Greens will have fallen at the first hurdle if it allows...
RMT demands meeting with MSPs
RMT has today written to the 5 SNP Glasgow MSPs who waded into the Scotrail dispute, slamming their letter as ‘inaccurate’, ‘inflammatory’ and ‘insulting’, and calls on them to meet the union and help resolve the dispute. The union has also...
Scotrail members in Britain's longest running dispute
RMT Scotrail members are standing firm and battling on again today for pay justice and equality in what their union believes is now Britain's longest running industrial disputes.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
"For six months now our members...
£9.3m in fees handed to Scottish private rail operators
RAIL UNION RMT today condemned the Scottish Government’s continued refusal to fund a pay award for ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper workers, as the union published research which found that the fees, totalling over £9.3m, paid to operators Abellio and Serco...
Scotrail members fight on for pay justice
RMT Scotrail members are standing strong and fighting on again today for pay justice and equality in one of Britain's longest running industrial disputes.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
"For nearly four months now our members have stood strong...
RMT response to Scottish Government decision
CALMAC Union RMT today responded to the Scottish Government's decision to permit CalMac to break collective bargaining agreements with all the recognised CalMac unions in order to time charter the Isle of Man registered MV Arrow freight ship. The vessel,...
RMT condemns the Scottish Government’s veil of secrecy
RAIL UNION RMT is today demanding that the Scottish Government come clean over how much has been paid so far in performance and management fees to fund profits for the private rail operators of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises...
RMT welcomes Scottish Government’s ScotRail announcement
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT welcomes today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that ScotRail services will be run in the public sector, via the Operator of Last Resort, from March 2022 when the current Abellio franchise expires. We have...
Scottish Government set to reward ScotRail failure
RAIL UNION RMT today expressed its concern that the Scottish Government’s proposed revised ‘Franchising Policy Statement’ is laying the groundwork to give Dutch state-owned Abellio a direct award when the franchise ends next year, despite its well documented poor performance,...
RMT ramps up political pressure on Scotland’s MSP’s
SCOTTISH FERRIES UNION RMT has told Scotland’s MSPs today that it intends to make the ongoing pay dispute at CalMac Ferries a major political issue in the forthcoming elections in May. The union believes that the company, which provides a...
Coalition call for public ownership of Scotland’s railway
A coalition of organisations and MSPs have today joined together to write to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to call for the Scottish Government to take Scotland’s rail passenger services into public ownership from January 2021, when the Scotrail and Caledonian...
Scottish Government paying fee to Dutch state railways
As thousands of RMT ScotRail workers are being balloted for strike action an internal memo sent by rail bosses to their staff has revealed the Scottish Government is blocking pay negotiations. The memo to staff dated 16th November sent by...
RMT ramps up pressure on CalMac
Calmac union RMT has today ramped up the pressure on the company to enter ACAS talks over the current pay dispute and to get serious about reaching a negotiated settlement that properly recognises and rewards the staff operating the lifeline...
RMT blames political interference as CalMac pay talks collapse
CalMac union RMT announced today that it is preparing for an industrial action ballot after crucial pay talks collapsed with the union pointing the finger at direct interference from the Scottish Government which scuppered potential progress towards a settlement. Following...
No more excuses for Scottish Government
RAIL UNION RMT says that the announcement by the Welsh Labour government today that it is to take rail passenger services into public ownership means that there should now be no more excuses for the Scottish Government not to take...
RMT calls for halt to ticket office cuts
RAIL UNION RMT is calling for a stop to proposed cuts at Glasgow Queen Street’s ticket offices in the station’s travel shop. Glasgow Queen Street station, which is Scotland's third busiest railway station, has been in redevelopment for some time....
RMT urges recommencement of railway enhancement works
RAIL UNION RMT today called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to protect vital jobs on the railway in a letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Since Scotland went into lockdown railway enhancement works have fallen under the...
RMT demands action over latest CalMac Ferries fiasco
In response to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s request, the union has expressed serious concerns over the procurement, design and construction process that has seen delivery of two new ferries on the Ardossan-Brodick and Uig-Tarbert/Uig-Lochmaddy routes put back for...
RMT calls for action from Freightliner
RAIL UNION RMT is calling on Freightliner Ltd and the Scottish Government to take immediate action to secure the future of one of Scotland’s key rail freight terminals at Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. Freightliner Ltd is considering the future of the...
RMT demands public ownership of ScotRail
On the fifth anniversary of Dutch State owned Abellio being awarded the Scotrail Franchise, rail union RMT has revealed that nearly 12,000 more trains have been cancelled in the last year alone beyond the level specified in the franchise agreement. In...
RMT to protest outside Scottish Parliament tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating outside the Scottish Parliament tomorrow in a call for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought immediately and permanently back into public ownership.
RMT to protest outside Scottish Parliament
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating outside the Scottish Parliament next week in a call for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought immediately and permanently back into public ownership....
RMT reacts with fury SERCO awarded NorthLink contract
NORTHLINK union RMT today responded with fury to the news that the Scottish Government has awarded the specialists in failure Serco the Northern Isles Ferry Services contract for up to eight years from 31 October 2019.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:...
RMT protests tomorrow for termination of ScotRail contract
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating tomorrow and calling for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought permanently back into public ownership. RMT members and supporters will congregate on Friday...
RMT on failing Scotrail franchise
As the Scottish Government confirms today that it has an operator of last resort in place to take over the failing Scotrail franchise RMT tells them to "stop wasting time and get on with it."
General secretary Mick Cash said;...
Scotrail set to default on rail franchise
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
‘The Scotrail franchise has been in disarray for years and passengers have rightly had enough. Recent news that passenger numbers have dropped by more than 1 million proves that the travelling public are shunning Scotrail....
RMT condemns Scottish Govt’s relationship with Serco
TRANSPORT union RMT today condemned the Scottish Government’s unhealthy relationship with Serco following news that the outsourcing multinational will be forced to pay £22.9m in fines and costs following the Serious Fraud Office’s six-year investigation finding Serco guilty of fraud...
RMT to protest at SNP conference
RMT activists will once again be demonstrating outside the SNP conference this Saturday to raise awareness amongst the SNP delegates and the wider public of the Scottish Governments failure to put their warm words on fair work for all into...
RMT warns of dire consequences for Orkney Ferries
Shipping union RMT has confirmed that it has written to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warning of the dire consequences for Orkney’s life-line ferry services both in terms of service delivery and the impact on industrial relations of decades of...
Public and passengers pay 8% on Scotrail bailout loans
Scotrail is owned is by Dutch State Rail, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and in an article in the Dutch Press reporting NS support for its subsidiaries, including Scotrail, the NS financial director Bert Groenenwegen says: “The additional payments consist of loans...
RMT welcomes NorthLink news
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“The union welcomes the news that these three leased vessels are being brought into the NorthLink fleet on a permanent basis which shows the importance and long-term viability of these life-line services.
RMT calls on Scottish Government to renationalise rail
RAIL UNION RMT has described the recent announcement of a £3 million pound subsidy for fare reductions on Abellio Scotrail by the Scottish government as a bribe and reissued it’s call for the essential transport service to be brought back...
RMT calls for talks to bring ScotRail into public ownership
SCOTLAND’S BIGGEST RAIL UNION today wrote to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf calling for urgent talks on a plan to bring Scotrail into public ownership – drawing a line under the disastrous performance of the Dutch-owned Abellio outfit. (Letter below).
RMT ramps up pressure on Scotrail
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
"RMT's demand is clear. We know that the Abellio experiment on Scotrail has been a disaster and has been a betrayal of the Scottish people exactly as we said from the off.
RMT responds to SNP Trade Union Group statement on CalMac
See SNP TUG statement below. RMT responds. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "This statement from a group claiming to represent trade unionists makes not a single mention of support for fellow trade unionists battling to defend jobs and services and...