Scotrail - joint unions statement
Today [Tuesday 30 March 2021] Abellio Scotrail offered a self-financing pay rise of tens of pounds to the RMT, the TSSA, Unite, and ASLEF (Fleet) members.
Abellio ScotRail has continually failed to engage in any productive way with the trade unions. Abellio has claimed it is under instructions from the Scottish government not to award any pay rise to rail workers. The Scottish government is actively interfering in collective bargaining.
This is a slap in the face to rail workers who have worked throughout the pandemic.
At a time when rail workers are receiving no award for their hard work the Scottish government has awarded Abellio £14 million in management fees.
The rail workers who are key/essential workers are absolutely disgusted by the actions of the Scottish government and we will be consulting our members over industrial action.
The trade unions are being forced into this action and remain available for meaningful discussions - but remind Scottish voters that some in government talk about standing up for Scottish workers, whilst abandoning key worker such as rail workers.
Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF's organiser in Scotland
Mick Hogg, regional organiser, the RMT
Gary Kelly, Scotland organiser, the TSSA
Pat McIlvogue, industrial organiser, Unite