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TSSA Prepare for Strike Action over ScotRail's Proposal to Downgrade Security

16 August 2017

TSSA has informed ScotRail that we will ballot our members for industrial action if they press ahead with their plans to axe specialist CCTV monitor staff who guard Scotland's 10,000 plus miles of rail track and stations.

 TSSA  has informed ScotRail that we will ballot our members for industrial action if they press ahead with their plans to axe specialist CCTV monitor staff who guard Scotland's 10,000 plus miles of rail track and stations. 

Ballot papers will be sent out to members working in the CCTV centres next week if the company do not withdraw their decision to cut these security critical staff at a resolution of dispute meeting with the company in Glasgow tomorrow.(Thurs) 

The company is proposing to cut 22 CCTV monitor positions at  ScotRail centres in Dunfermline from where  the safety of  East Coast lines is monitored and and Paisley which oversees sees West Coast security. These centres also oversee safety throughout the ScotRail network.

TSSA leader, Manuel Cortes, said "ScotRail are really losing the plot if they think they can press ahead with taking out so many CCTV monitor positions and not seriously impact the safety of passengers and train travel. And without raising serious objections from their staff, our members, whose safety at work is jeopardised by these proposals, let alone the safety of the traveling public. 

Our CCTV monitor members are highly-skilled and dedicated to protecting the network on every aspect of rail security, from station congestion to track and depot monitoring. They are the people who quite literally watch over you when you travel by rail. To axe these posts is an act of such self-harm to the Scottish rail network, we will have no hesitation in sending out ballot papers for industrial action, including strike action*.

 "After yesterday's news that rail fares are to go up yet again in January by RPI inflation, which is greater than growth in wages, ScotRail are laughing all the way to the bank. They have no need whatsoever to inflict their miserly cost-savings programme onto essential security staff. And ScotRail passengers should not be made to pay more for a rail service while safety is being sabotaged by it's own bosses. 

"The SNP should not be let off the hook on this issue. They are axing British Transport Police's dedicated service in the face of huge opposition.  I have informed Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, that he should come out of holiday hiding and order ScotRail to keep this vital security staff.  I hope tomorrow's talks will see the company pull back this dangerous plan."

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