Scottish government 'perplexed' at RMT over ScotRail strike

Scottish government 'perplexed' at RMT over ScotRail strike

10/23/2021 3:29:00 PM

Scottish government 'perplexed' at RMT over ScotRail strike

The Scottish government says the union is 'letting members down' by not agreeing to resolve a pay dispute.

After talks broke down, the Scottish government said it was disappointed the RMT rejected ScotRail's offer, which amounts to a 2.5% pay increase backdated to April 1 2021, and a 2.2% increase effective from April 1 2022, with a one-off £300 payment for staff working during COP26.

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A spokesperson said: "Having taken nearly two weeks to tell ScotRail they were rejecting the offer, ScotRail sought to return immediately to the table to focus on the area the RMT said publicly was their one remaining concern - rest day working."An offer in this regard was made, the RMT undertook to consider it.

"We fully expected their representatives to return with a counter offer - that after all is the nature of negotiations - yet the RMT leadership rejected that offer out of hand and returned to the issue of pay."The spokesperson added that ScotRail remained ready to return to the negotiating table "to consider again the issue of allowances for rest day working".

'Unwillingness to resolve this matter'They continued: "We know a credible, good pay offer has been made that we think most ScotRail employees would want to accept."We hope that the RMT leadership will recognise this too. But at this point, we are utterly perplexed by the leadership's inability to see that it is their members who stand to lose out, and that by its actions and unwillingness to seek meaningfully to resolve this matter, they are letting their members down."

The Scottish government said it did not think that anyone, including the membership of the RMT, wanted to disrupt COP26 or the chance to "showcase Scotland's green, clean railway to a global audience"."We hope that encompasses the RMT leadership too, although their approach to seeking resolution does appear to call this into question," it added.

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