RMT confirms new strike action dates

RMT workers will strike for two days in July

Monday, 18th July 2016, 10:59 am
Updated Monday, 18th July 2016, 12:02 pm
Edinburgh UK Jul 16 2016; Scotrail strike picket line at Waverley Station. Picture; Steven Scott Taylor / J P License

Rail Union, RMT, has confirmed new dates in a campaign of industrial action against Scotrail over Driver Only operation (DOO) and Driver Controlled operation.

The group will strike on Sunday 24th July from 00.01 hours to 23.59 hours and during the same hours on Sunday 31st July.

The new dates follow a series of strikes across Scotland which affected many commuters last week.

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RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “The entire trade union movement stands shoulder to shoulder with the ScotRail staff fighting for the basic principles of rail safety who once again showed their resilience and determination over the weekend in the latest phase of industrial action.

“Despite this series of rock-solid strikes it is extraordinary that Abellio/Scotrail continue to ignore the strength of feeling amongst their staff over the extension of DOO.

“That disgraceful and cavalier approach to jobs and safety on Scotland’s railways now leaves us with no choice but to put on additional strike dates.

“The workforce knows only too well that there is a very real threat to passengers of watering down and wiping out the safety-critical role of the guard on these Scotrail services. ‎

“We have had fantastic support from the travelling public for our action as passengers know full well that this strike is all about their safety.

“The union remains available for serious and meaningful talks. “