Last Minute Talks By TSSA as ScotRail CCTV Strike Threatens Scottish Cup Final
TSSA is engaged in last minute talks with ScotRail today in a bid to call off the strike over cuts to CCTV staff and working conditions.
The company’s decision to cut the number of CCTV staff and force the remaining workers to take on night shifts has been heavily criticised. This resulted in an overwhelming mandate for strike action by TSSA members in the ScotRail CCTV team. But so far ScotRail haven’t budged - even though the strike could hit the Scottish Cup Final in May.
If Abellio, which owns ScotRail, remains instransgient, the TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes will demand that Transport Minister Humza Yousaf overrule the ‘draconian’ company in a meeting in Holyrood on Wednesday.
Responding to events yesterday, Cortes said:
“Time and again our members have warned Abellio Scotrail bosses that their constant reorganisation is damaging their ability to keep the network secure.
“But this time they have excelled themselves with their dark age industrial practices. No responsible, reasonable employer should ask mums and dads to abandon their kids, leaving them alone in their beds at night, so they can go and work in CCTV control rooms.
“Our members are despairing at the contempt Abellio are showing them and the safety and security of ScotRail’s passengers plus it’s 10,000 miles of track, stations and depots is being severely compromised.
“Left to their own devices, Abellio’s regard for safety, has left us running our railways in Scotland on a wing and a prayer. We have crisis talks with Abellio tomorrow but frankly, I’m not hopeful that they will see the light.
“So, I am delighted that I will be meeting Humza on Wednesday to discuss these issues as a matter of urgency.
“Privatisation has presented many challenges to our members and to the maintenance of safety standards on ScotRail. But this Abellio mob are the worst of the many privateers I’ve come across. Humza knows that. TSSA have given him enough headaches over Abellio’s short comings since they took over three years ago.
“Of course we’d really like Humza to properly lead on transport, break the Abellio franchise and bring ScotRail back into public ownership. But keeping ScotRail safe and its workers right to a family life is now his - and our - most pressing issue.