ScotRail offer staff payrise of 4.7% in bid to stop strikes before COP…

Workers at the rail firm have been holding a series of strikes over pay in recent weeks, with plans to continue each Sunday between now and November 28.

Now the Scotsman understands an offer has been made to staff of an initial 2.5% backdated to April this year, with an additional 2.2% promised in April 2022.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut by the noise

There is also a separate offer on the table of a £300 bonus payment to all staff for ensuring that COP26 is fully supported between October 31, and November 12.

ScotRail staff having been remarkable each Sunday.

With some world leaders staying in Edinburgh and travelling to Glasgow for the summit, there are expected to be delays along the M8.

It is understood that the offer represents improved terms made to staff, after weeks of disruption across Scotland’s rail network.

If strikes continue as scheduled, they will occur all day on consecutive Sundays; October 31, November 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Planned strikes for October 17 and 24 have been called off while the offer is considered.

Unite says members will be balloted on the latest offer between October 13 and 25.

A spokesperson for RMT said: “The offer has been received, and going by normal course of action of being discussed by our reps across Scotland.

Needs to be given complete consideration and will be taking at any rate time is necessary before taking the right decision. We’ll be issuing a further statement in due course.”

A ScotRail spokesperson said: “We’re seeing customers little by little return to Scotland’s Railway, but the extent of the financial situation ScotRail is facing is stark.

“We will continue to include with the rail trade unions to find an agreement on pay and conditions.

“To build a more sustainable and greener railway for the future and reduce the burden on the taxpayer, we need to change. All of us in the railway – management, staff, trade unions, suppliers, and government – need to work together to modernise the railway so that it is fit for the future.”

Thank you for reading this article. We’re more reliant on your sustain than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by Coronavirus impacts our advertisers.If you haven’t already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.

Click: See details

Leave a Reply