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ScotRail and RMT strike deal to avoid Industrial Action ahead of COP26

ScotRail have come to an agreement with Transport workers’ union RMT to avoid strike action ahead of the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

The one year pay deal will see workers get a 2.5% pay increase backdated to 1st April 2021.

Staff will also receive a payment of £300 to ensure the COP26 conference is fully supported.

Workers will also be given a 3-hour book-on allowance which applies to each rest day worked.

This will be applicable for 12 months from the date of the agreement.

Through this deal RMT and ScotRail have settled all existing disputes and all current and planned Industrial Action will cease immediately.

ScotRail and RMT have agreed to work together to explore future productivity initiatives whilst acknowledging the current pressures on Scotland’s railway.

All of this work by ScotRail and RMT will focus on building a sustainable future for ScotRail.

Ian McConnell, ScotRail Chief Operating Officer expressed his contentment with the agreement heading into COP26.

Mr McConnell said: “We have reached a pay agreement with the RMT trade union that resolves strike action.

“We look forward to Scotland’s Railway playing its part in delivering a successful COP26 next week.

Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary explained how the union will recommend its members continue working as normal.

Mr Lynch said: “Following further discussions between RMT and ScotRail an agreement has been reached and the proposals have been accepted by the union.

“As the disputes are resolved strike action has been cancelled and RMT members have been advised to work normally.

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