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TSSA suspends Cup Final Day strike in ScotRail in goodwill gesture

13 May 2018

TSSA has today suspended the planned strike action over imposing night shifts in ScotRail’s CCTV department on Saturday 19th May – Cup Final Day to allow further talks with the company to go ahead.

TSSA Leader Manuel Cortes said, “Our members’ concerns haven’t gone away. CCTV Operators are overstretched as a result of ScotRail cutting 20% of their staff through voluntary severance last autumn. Our members have never done night shifts and shouldn’t have them forced on them just to make up for ScotRail’s mistake. Put simply, the Company have cut far too many jobs.

“However, we are very conscious of the threat to public safety that calling CCTV staff out on strike on the day of the Scottish Cup Final creates. Our members work closely with the British Transport Police to ensure the safety of our travelling public every day of the year and we don’t want to compromise this on the Cup Final day. We really hope both sets of fans have a lovely day out in Hampden.

“We are in regular talks with ScotRail and progress is being made even though we are frustrated by its slow pace. However, we are delighted that the company has conceded that those who can’t work night shifts due to caring responsibilities will no longer need to do so. As a show of good will, we are suspending the strike on Cup Final Day, to allow those discussions to continue. But our action on the 11th June, is still on pending the outcome of further talks.”

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