ScotRail and TransPennine Express workers ballot for strikes

Posted in Off The Rails's blog on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:07,
ScotRail and TransPennine Express

RMT is balloting members on ScotRail and TransPennine Express in disputes over pay and conditions.

Nearly 2,500 workers are being balloted on ScotRail, in a vote that closes on 8 December. An RMT statement said: "The union has been trying to secure a pay rise for 2020 for all Scotrail workers while the company has been pleading poverty and claims it is bound by the extension of Emergency Measures Agreements until January 2021. Meanwhile, the company has just given an inflation busting pay rise to drivers.

RMT believes that the continued success of the railway in these particularly difficult times is down to all the grades that work on it and that all the staff should all be remunerated fairly."

On TransPennine, workers are also being balloted to win a decent pay rise, with the ballot concluding on 9 December.

We hope these disputes will be the first of money. Bosses across the transport industry will be using the pandemic-linked economic crisis as a pretext for penny-pinching pay freezes and job cuts. We cannot accept that as inevitable. We must fight back.

ScotRail guards at Glasgow Central Station have already launched a programme of strikes, in a separate dispute about disciplinary policy. For more on that, click here.

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