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Reviewing the ScotRail dispute

In this contribution, an RMT rep looks back on the recent ScotRail dispute. We welcome additional contributions to the discussion.




When its AGM unanimously accepted a drastically improved pay offer from ScotRail on the eve of COP26, it came as the first major victory RMT's efforts to bust the...

Build on Scotrail Win: Step Up Strikes!

ScotRail workers have seen off an attempt by their employer to attack working conditions, and have broken the pay freeze that the government and employers were determined to impose on us. But Scotrail workers will face new battles in the new year. It is essential that we build on the momentum of...

November bulletin online now

In this month's printable Off The Rails bulletin, Scotrail union reps respond to the pay deal, and OTR encourages others to build on this win to fight their own battles.

Click here to download it. Please print it and circulate it around your workplace.

Cally Sleeper workers vote for further strikes

Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper, the overnight train which runs between London and various destinations in Scotland, currently operated by Serco, have voted by an 86% majority for further strikes, and by an 88% majority for further action short of a strike, on a 61% turnout in their latest...

More Views on Scotrail Deal

“Personally, I think it’s an acceptable offer.
It’s appalling that it took the threat of disruption during COP26 to even get Abellio round the table, and a management-produced Q&A document encouraging workers to break a strike in return for a pay rise was shameful. Aside from a few colleagues who...

ScotRail strikes off as settlement accepted

Off The Rails will carry further analysis and assessment of the ScotRail dispute soon. The following report gives the essential facts.




Strikes planned by ScotRail workers during the COP26 conference have been called off, after RMT accepted a deal to end the dispute.

A so-called “final...

Rail strikes in Scotland

RMT has called strikes on ScotRail from 1-12 November, and from 31 October-2 November and 11-13 November on the Caledonian Sleeper. Both strikes could potentially impact the COP26 international climate change conference, which is taking place in Glasgow from 31 October-12 November. Workers on...

Oppose LNER ticket office cuts!

LNER plans to cut ticket office opening hours at Berwick-upon-Tweed; Darlington; Doncaster; Durham; Edinburgh; Grantham; London King's Cross; Newark North Gate; Newcastle; Peterborough; Retford; Wakefield Westgate, and York train stations.

A letter from unions and campaign groups highlights the...

Track workers ballot for strikes

Track workers employed by Swietelsky, a sub-contractor used by Network Rail, are balloting for strikes to win better pay, after their employer offered an increase of just 1%.

Given current increases in the cost of living, a 1% pay "increase" amounts to a pay cut. RMT has rightly called attention...

Say No to the "Special Voluntary Severance Scheme": Fight the Job Cuts!

We need to resist the Special Voluntary Severance Scheme (SVSS), currently being offered to Network Rail staff bands 1 to 4, because it spells job cuts on a massive scale across the rail industry. Network Rail is offering this one-off severance package until 20 September. It will almost certainly be...

Sunday Strikes on EMR

Senior Conductors at East Midlands Railway delivered a 74% yes vote in the recent re-ballot for strike action with further Sunday strikes announced up until 10 October. They are happy to be joined today, and for the next 7 weeks, by EMR Train Managers taking strike action in a separate dispute over...

Scotrail Disputes Continue But Falter

Scotrail conductors and ticket examiners continue to strike for pay justice every Sunday, with RMT naming dates until September. They also continue to refuse to work overtime or higher-grade duties.

But with the ballot’s six-month legal mandate expiring then, there is no news of a re-ballot and...

Hull Trains workers strike to defend pensions

RMT members at Hull Trains will strike every Sunday from 8-29 August, to stop the closure of the company's final salary pension scheme.

The company, which is owned by First Group, claims the closure is "essential", but RMT rightly points to the fact that the scheme is well-funded and has a...

Rail Gourmet workers strike against bullying

Rail Gourmet workers on the LNER contract have been striking against a culture of management bullying. The strikes follow a 100% vote for action, a clear indication of the strength of feeling and resolve amongst the workforce. There were strong pickets at Edinburgh Waverley, where the workers are...

Sleeper strike going strong

Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper, operated by Serco, are continuing an 11-day strike for improved pay and conditions. Nightly pickets are well supported, and link up with each other via Zoom. We spoke to a striker in Glasgow:




Support for the strike in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland is...

Resist rail job cuts and pay freeze!

The commencement of talks under the aegis of the "Rail Industry Recovery Group" (RIRG), a body convened by the Department for Transport including Network Rail and the Train Operating Committees, has prompted a somewhat varying set of reports.

The Guardian would have us believe that the talks are...

EMR guards to strike throughout the summer

Guards on East Midlands Railway will strike every Sunday from 27 June to 15 August.

Guards in RMT are resisting the imposition of worse contracts, and previously struck in May.

Click here for our previous coverage of the dispute.

Strike on Tyne and Wear!

Workers in both RMT and Unite on the Tyne and Wear Metro will strike from 28-30 June and 1-4 July, with an overtime ban commencing from 5 July.

An RMT statement says: "Last year the cash-rich Stadler outfit secured a £300 million contract to build 42 new Metro trains, rebuild the Gosforth depot...

Caledonian Sleeper Strikes Again

Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper will stage an eleven-day strike from 15 June against the company's threat to impose a pay freeze. With the employer already showing scant regard for staff welfare, the refusal to increase pay during these difficult times adds insult to injury. It is little wonder...

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