Pay deal

Unite ends rail dispute, but RMT still set to strike


Disruption still expected on rail network

Unite members have accepted a pay offer with Abellio Scotrail which means three of the four trade unions have agreed to end their long dispute.

However, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers has again rejected the offer.

Delegates attending the union’s AGM in Leeds confirmed the strike action would go ahead during the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow after describing the proposed deal as “poor, loaded with productivity strings and wholly unacceptable”.

About 250 Unite engineering members who provide maintenance, overhaul and repair services for the railway rolling stock will receive an increase over two years of 2.5% backdated to April 2021 followed by a 2.2% increase from April 2022.

Unite’s members will also receive a one-off £300, and there is a commitment to provide additional jobs within the engineering section to assist with maintenance work being brought back in-house.

The pay deal was supported by 75% in a 67% ballot turnout. The agreement now brings Unite’s industrial dispute with Abellio Scotrail to an end, and Unite members will not be taking further industrial action. 

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