RAIL workers are facing a “surge in violence” from gangs at Scottish stations but their warnings to management have fallen on deaf ears, transport union RMT claimed yesterday.
Staff are staging a protest at the notorious Hamilton Central station in South Lanarkshire tomorrow to pressure operator ScotRail and the Scottish government to protect them.
One station staff member said: “The gangs are winning; it’s open season on employees with no protection from the company.”
Another said: “It’s a struggle every day going in to work. I’m afraid to go out of the booking office.”
RMT said the problem is not limited to Hamilton Central, but that the station “reflects a problem with violence and abuse across the network.”
The union’s general secretary Mick Cash said: “It is truly appalling that rail workers have no option but to mount protests to force the rail operators and the Scottish government to wake up and take action over the surge in violence at Hamilton Central and other points on the Scottish rail network.
“This scandal has to stop before it’s too late and RMT expects those in control to take responsibility and act to protect our members out there in dangerous and vulnerable conditions.”
Staff will protest outside Hamilton Central station from 5pm.
The Office for Rail and Road regulators say workers should be protected from violence and anti-social behaviour.