RMT claim victory in ScotRail dispute
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers claimed victory today in a dispute ScotRail over working conditions and pay, after members refused to work overtime until their case was settled.
The action caused widespread disruption to train services across Scotland, although the company blamed changes to the staff training timetable for the cancellations.
In a statement, Mick Hogg, the RMT's regional organiser in Scotland welcomed the outcome.
"I am absolutely delighted that common sense has eventually been reached." he said, adding: "This has been a dispute created by ScotRail, not the trade union."
"We argued from the outset that it was wrong and that ScotRail were giving drivers a colossal amount of money for working their rest days."
"We were seeking, as a trade union, equalisation within the workplace."
"Unfortunately it's taken action by RMT members for ScotRail to sit up and take sense."
Scottish Labour's transport spokesperson, Colin Smyth MSP, added: “Scotland’s hard pressed passengers will breathe a sigh of relief that ScotRail have come to their senses and accepted the case by the RMT to end the two tier approach when it comes to rest days.
"It’s just a shame the company didn’t listen weeks ago and some of the recent disruption for passengers could have been avoided."
Despite the end to the dispute, services are set to continue to be delayed due to time-table changes.
David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, said: "I am pleased that an agreement has been reached with RMT to resolve the union's rest day working dispute with us."
"I know this has been a difficult time for everyone involved and I hope that we can now focus on delivering for our customers, as we build the best railway Scotland has ever had