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TSSA Press Release: TSSA & RMT warn of Strike Action in ScotRail over job cuts in Travel Shops

28 August 2019

TSSA and RMT issued a joint warning today that they are preparing to ballot members for strike over ScotRail plans to cut travel shop staff.

The two unions are angry after ScotRail sent them proposals to reduce staff in travel shops at Edinburgh Haymarket, Glasgow Queen Street, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Paisley, Perth, Motherwell and Stirling. 15 jobs will be lost under proposals with more ticket windows closing.

Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary, said “We asked ScotRail to review staffing in the travel shops after our members came to us with issues around workload, work/life balance and being unable to take time off. But instead of listening to our concerns, they decided to reduce staff and close Travel Shop windows.

“This is utterly disgusting. Yet again Abellio are showing that they’d rather turn a quick buck than look after their customers or their staff!

Both the RMT and TSSA have rejected these proposals and say they will resist any job losses and imposed roster charges, up to and including strike action. They advised members today to refuse to agree the changes at local level and pass them up to national level.

RMT Scottish organiser Mick Hogg said: "They are doing away with jobs to save money and passengers will suffer. I'm sending a report to the union's general secretary recommending a ballot for action."
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