Rail strikes planned at Cop26 climate conference called off | Rail transport
Rail strikes slated for next week’s Cop26 climate conference were dropped after union leaders confirmed negotiations over a pay rise were settled.
The announcement was made after discussions between the RMT union and transport bosses on Wednesday.
Transport during the 13-day UN climate summit, which draws world leaders and thousands of delegates to Glasgow from October 31, is expected to be severely disrupted by train strikes amid a dispute over the wages and conditions.
The Scottish government and ScotRail had imposed Wednesday 5 pm for a resolution.
The union confirmed that the planned industrial action would be “withdrawn immediately” as members welcomed a negotiated pay rise.
In a letter delivered to union members following the deal, RMT general secretary Michael Lynch said: would be withdrawn immediately.
The new terms accept the union’s call for a 2.5% wage increase backdated to April and a ‘Cop26 payment’ for all staff of Â£ 300.
A three-hour allowance reservation applied to each day of rest worked, applicable for 12 months from the date of the agreement, is also included.
Lynch said the union’s offer was accepted “unanimously” by the delegates.
His letter added: âIt has been noted that it is only thanks to the immense determination of you and your colleagues throughout this dispute, thanks to the efforts of your representatives, activists and negotiators, that this result has been achieved. achieved.
âThe AGM congratulates you and I congratulate you on achieving this magnificent industrial victory and obtaining a one-year wage agreement and a day of rest agreement with no preconditions and which ban the previously stated chains of productivity.
“By accepting the offer, all industrial actions are now void and I ask you all to work normally on the days you were previously tasked with taking action.”
Responding to the announcement, ScotRail COO Ian McConnell said: âWe have reached a wage deal with the RMT union which resolves the strike actions.
âWe look forward to the Scottish Railroad playing its part in the success of Cop26 next week. “
Scottish Greens for Transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said he was “delighted” that a deal was reached, adding: “The railway workers are to be congratulated on their commitment which ultimately resulted in this improved wage deal. .
Opposition parties criticized the SNP for being slow to accept the union’s call for a pay rise, but welcomed the announcement.
Scottish Labor transport spokesman Neil Bibby said: ‘This 11th hour deal may help the SNP save face, but it will not solve the mess they have caused our railways. .
Scottish Conservative shadow transport minister Graham Simpson MSP said: “We have repeatedly called on the SNP government to intervene earlier, but this deal is better late than never.”