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ScotRail train conductors vote to strike in overtime pay dispute

Scotland Rail has shared its disappointment after its train conductors decided to take strike action against it. The train conductors, RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport) union members, were held in a dispute on, over time payments

In the ballot, 75% of members (353) voted in favor of strike action in a bid to force an increase in pay during overtime. 25% (117) against, while 85% (303) voted for industrial action short of a strike - for example an overtime ban - with 15% (68) voting against.

ScotRail operations director David Simpson said: "Strike action at a time of national crisis, when we have required emergency government support just to stay afloat, and when we benefit from a level of job security not enjoyed by other industries, is wrong.

"It will damage ScotRail's credibility at a time when we need to attract people back to the railway when Covid-19 restrictions allow

"With passenger numbers down more than 90% compared to the same time last year, it has never been more important for everyone in the railway to work together to build the best future for our industry."

ScotRail jobs had been protected during the pandemic with "no staff placed on furlough or any cuts to basic wages or terms and conditions" as a result of emergency Scottish government support.

This situation has created an awkward situation as government, company and the public will indefinitely suffer in this political gridlock. With ScotRail still working and finding ways to create costumer confidence as the UK moves through the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.   

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members have delivered a resounding vote for action and Scot-rail need to start taking this issue ‎seriously and stop ignoring the anger amongst their workforce which is clearly reflected in this ballot.

“The union’s executive will consider this mandate for action and take decisions on the next steps in this dispute.”

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