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ScotRail strike action called off after union accept pay offer

ScotRail’s strikes were called off after a better wage offer was made to the workers.

RMT union bosses initially announced that the industrial strike would continue next month, posing a threat to thousands of commuters in the run-up to Christmas.

Now, the union has confirmed that its members have voted to accept ScotRail’s improved payment offer.

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They reiterated that the deal only applies to ScotRail employees and is separate from the current pay dispute and industry action being taken by Network Rail employees who are members of the RMT.

A 5% increase in basic salary was promised and £750 paid as part of the offer. It also included an increase in the guarantee of non-forced layoffs from five to six years.

The offer also includes a commission of 3% for all gate and handrail staff, while the rest day work agreement will be extended until October 31 next year.

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Phil Campbell, ScotRail’s Chief Customer Operations Officer, said: “We are delighted that RMT members have voted to accept this payment offer.

“We have worked hard to put on a show that acknowledges the hard work of the staff, as well as the financial challenges the railways face as we recover from the pandemic.

“Scott Rail, our employees, and our customers want a reliable, safe, and sustainable rail line that supports the economy and connects communities across the country.

“By reaching an agreement with RMT, we can now fully focus on providing the service our customers expect and deserve.”

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