ScotRail strikes during Cop26 “would make Scotland the international laughing stock”


ScotRail staff who maintain the trains have announced a series of strikes starting October 18. Photo: John Devlin

The claim by Glasgow Labor MP Paul Sweeney came as he raised an urgent parliamentary question about what the Scottish government was doing to resolve the wage dispute after the strike was called at the two-week event in Glasgow next month.

Union Unite said on Monday it would step up its work until the end of September 24 with strikes before and during the Cop26 conference, during which additional ScotRail services were to operate.

Unite members maintain the operator’s trains, strikes on October 18 and 19, November 1 and 2, November 10 and 11, and November 12 and 13 potentially reducing the number of available trains.

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However, ScotRail said Unite’s action to date has not reduced the number of cars in service.

The railways, shipping and transportation union also called for a strike vote for work stoppages during the conference.

Sweeney said: “We are now faced with the prospect of Scotland being the laughing stock of the world as Cop26 conference delegates cannot use public transport due to Abellio’s intransigence and apparent indifference. of this government. “

However, Transport Minister Graeme Day said: “Discussions with the unions on the general grade wage demand took place today and discussions are scheduled for tomorrow with [drivers’ union] Aslef.

He said main talks were scheduled to resume on Thursday.

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Mr Dey said: “Despite a backdrop of significant financial challenges faced by the rail sector, there are reasonable offers on the table which, through pragmatic and meaningful discussions on efficiency and modernization, could lead to a OK.

“Any cancellations as a result of industrial action can not only hinder the resumption of our rail services, but also impact vital revenue streams from ticket flows.

“As we support the right of every worker and union to engage with their employers to seek a wage deal, Cop26 is an opportunity for Scotland and Glasgow to show the key role we see for rail in our sustainable future on the world stage.

“We obviously hope that the staff and the unions understand the importance of the moment and work with ScotRail to resolve this dispute.”

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