SCOTLAND’S rail workers are to launch strike action to resist privateer plans to sack train conductors.
ScotRail franchise operator Abellio, part of the Dutch state railways, is pressing ahead with plans to introduce driver-only operations (DOO), and has attempted to undermine negotiations with transport union RMT by consulting directly with its workforce in an attempt to force through the changes.
The workers responded with a 75 per cent vote for strike action.
Six 24-hour strikes are planned, starting on Tuesday June 21.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It is extraordinary that Abellio/ScotRail continue to ignore the strength of feeling amongst their staff over the extension of DOO and that they are still trying to bypass the normal negotiating machinery.
“That disgraceful and cavalier approach to jobs and safety on Scotland’s railways now leaves us with no choice but to move to a campaign of industrial action.”