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ScotRail strike suspended after company withdrew job cuts proposal

14 September 2017

TSSA has today suspended the threat of ScotRail strike action after the company formally withdrew its proposal to axe 22 security critical CCTV monitor jobs.

Said TSSA Scotland Organiser, Liz Warren-Corney,

"ScotRail's climbdown has been a long time in the coming and it's a great shame it took the threat of a strike to get them there. It would have been preferable all round if they had listened to our concerns about not stretching vital security staff so thin that they cannot be effective. This management attitude that you can cut staff to improve safety remains a concern to us. The terrorist attack on London's Tube this morning is a sobering reminder of what rail staff are up against right now. Collaboration with ScotRail's security staff is vital at all times, but in this time of heightened terror attacks, they are part of our national defence team.

"We are glad that ScotRail has finally decided to stop clobbering our members and is now minded to enlist our collaboration and talk meaningfully to us about any reorganisation plans they have rather than the all guns blazing approach they've adopted til now.

"Our CCTV members work in teams whose every working moment is dedicated to keeping Scotland's passengers travelling out of harms way - whether harm comes from terrorist threat or in the form of idiotic proposals from management . Our security teams do not intimidate easily. Now ScotRail's top brass seem to have got that message and have withdrawn the proposed 22 CCTV job losses we will, for the time being, suspend the threat of strike action, get back to the talking table and hope ScotRail now have something meaningful to say."

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