ScotRail strikes called off as Union accepts pay deal

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Scotland’s train service will not come to a halt during COP26 after the union RMT reaches a deal on a new pay offer.

This comes as members from the RMT which is The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers struck a deal over an on-going pay dispute tonight.

This means that ScotRail workers along with Caledonian Sleeper staff who were planning on striking over the course of COP26 will no longer go on strike.

The offer will see rail workers get a 2.5 per cent pay rise, which will be backdated to April 1.

They will also receive a COP26 payment and improved conditions.

Sunday strikes will also come to an end.

In a joint statement between RMT and ScotRail Ian McConnell, ScotRail Chief Operating Officer, 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, 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.”

Commenting on the railway strikes being called off, Transport Minister Graeme Dey said: “Following recent discussions we are pleased that all four trade unions have now agreed to accept this very good pay offer on behalf of their members.”

“We are proud to have brokered and funded a deal which gives Scotland’s rail workers a decent pay rise and improved terms and conditions, in contrast to conditions for rail workers under the UK Government.”

“We are also pleased that the RMT reached out to restart discussions based on the offer that had been made to them on Sunday.”

“Now an agreement has been confirmed the strike action will thankfully now come to an end.”

“As well as getting the pay rise they deserve, railway workers can now go back to delivering rail services for people right across Scotland and as well as for those attending COP26.”

“Allowing everyone who works in Scotland’s Railways to play their part in welcoming the world to our country and showcase our efforts towards building a greener, cleaner railway.”

Image credit: ScotRail

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