Unite the Union say they have ‘no choice’ because they announced today that a series of 24-hour “shutdowns” will take place over the next few weeks.
This follows a number of union actions taken by union members demanding a fair wage from the rail operator.
They say Abellio Scotrail has not made a meaningful offer despite a number of industrial action measures since September 24.
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Unite’s engineering members will now participate in a series of 24-hour shutdowns on the days that also coincide with the COP26 climate change conference to be held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.
The days scheduled for a 24-hour strike are: October 18-19, November 1-2, November 10-11 and November 12-13.
The strike action will impact a number of areas and railway depots.
Ceux-ci incluent Bathgate Depot, Corkerhill (Glasgow) Depot, Dalmuir, Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, Edinburgh Haymarket Depot, Edinburgh Waverley, Inverness Depot, Motherwell, Perth, Shields (Glasgow) Depot et Yoker Depot.
The strike action will begin at different times on different dates and in different places.
Discussions with Abellio Scotrail management continued but to date a “no pay offer” has been submitted to the union.
Unite has made demands, including the reinstatement of the working agreement on rest days for around 250 engineers who provide maintenance, overhaul and repair services for railway rolling stock.
They say there has been “no movement” from Abellio Scotrail.
The engineering members of Unite at Abellio Scotrail voted 78% in favor of the strike with a participation rate of 68.4%. 92% were in favor of industrial action before the strike.
Pat McIlvogue, Industrial Manager of Unite, said: “Unite has had no choice but to resolutely respond to the reckless behavior displayed by Abellio Scotrail management.
“While discussions have continued, these talks have produced absolutely nothing. There was no salary offer and no movement from the company.
“The talks were spun and cynically used as a delaying tactic to avoid the national embarrassment of going on strike at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.
“Well, those tactics have backfired dramatically, as our engineers will now be doing multiple 24 hour shutdowns in the weeks to come. “
“We want the Scottish public to know that we have exhausted the process. Unite members did not strike in an attempt to wake Abellio Scotrail and acknowledge the storm they created to no avail. From now on, strike action will seriously disrupt events and the COP26 climate change conference because of this chaotic undertaking.
‘The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland need urgent action as Abellio Scotrail’s management clearly lacks the capacity, humility and intelligence to take responsibility for the workforce and the Scottish public. “
A ScotRail spokesperson said: “We are seeing customers gradually returning to Scotland’s Railway, but the scale of the financial situation ScotRail is facing is dramatic.
“We will continue to engage with the rail unions to find an agreement on wages and conditions.
“To build a more sustainable and greener railway for the future and reduce the burden on taxpayers, we need to change. All of us in the railroad – management, staff, unions, suppliers and government – must work together to modernize the railroad so that it is ready for the future. “