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Scotrail guards set to strike

Issue No. 2189

More than 550 guards and drivers at First Scotrail will strike this Saturday against plans to impose driver-only trains on the new Airdrie-Bathgate line.

The members of the RMT transport union voted by almost five to one in an 82 percent turn-out in the ballot.

The workers have also set strike dates for 1 and 13 March. Sleeper-train managers will also strike this Sunday, and on 28 February and 14 March.

Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said, “We know that downgrading guards’ safety duties on the Airdrie-Bathgate line is the thin end of the wedge.

“Scotrail’s scandalous attitude to safety is underlined by its shabby attempts to put together an inadequately trained scab army.

“I hope that rail users in Scotland will understand that we are making a stand for their safety as well as our members’.

“I want them to join with us in demanding that the Scottish government steps in to stop First Scotrail putting cash before safety.”

A legal opinion obtained by the RMT has confirmed that the 2001 agreement that commits Scotrail not to extend driver-only operation remains in force.

Angus McPherson of Drummond Miller solicitors has told the union that the agreement is “clearly” protected by the Tupe employment transfer rules.

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Tue 16 Feb 2010, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2189
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