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More unrest from TSSA at ScotRail as pay offer is rejected

19 April 2018

Pay talks in ScotRail today (Thurs 19) ended with TSSA representatives warning the company to make a better offer at the next meeting or face the possibility of strike action.

Representatives from TSSA rejected Abellio's below inflation offer of 3.6% as a real terms pay cut after ScotRail opted not to use January’s Retail Price Index (RPI) to set the pay increase for the first time.

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said:

“This is an insult to hard working members whose efforts pulled ScotRail back into profit at the end of last year.

“It's bizarre to enter into negotiations and say you’ve only budgeted 3.1%! Why 3.1% based on March's RPI when you always use January's figure? This robs staff of 0.5% just at the time they are warning that the base rate will rise.

“ScotRail’s management also rejected out of hand all other requests for improvements to members terms and conditions without explanation or detail.

And Cortes condemned ScotRail’s HR Director John Gillies' opening statement to the negotiations ‘we're in the business of making a profit’.

"This is the problem with the privatisation model - it’s bad for passengers and it's bad for staff. It’s high time Gillies realised that the first duty of ScotRail is to be in business to run trains, and support staff to keep those trains running on time. Taking ScotRail back into public is th way to redress this dreadful corporate balance sheet that means Gillies, not passengers or even their staff, are in the driving seat."

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