ScotRail disruption threatened after RMT members vote for strikes over pay

ScotRail has been threatened with industrial action after members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) voted on Tuesday to strike after rejecting an improved 5 per cent pay offer.

The union has not announced any stoppages and will seek an immediate meeting with the company first.

However, the Scottish Government, which nationalised ScotRail in April, said “there can be no increase on the current pay offer” and said industrial action was likely to mean “continued timetable changes and more short-term cancellations”.

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RMT members, who include train conductors and station staff, voted by 1,199 to 364 for strikes – nearly 77 per cent.

The RMT rejected ScotRail's latest 5 per cent offer and other improvements last month. Picture: John Devlin
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They also voted by 1,336 to 228 for action short of walkouts.

A total of 1,568 of the eligible 2,257 staff voted, a turnout of 69 per cent, after the union rejected the pay offer last month that included an additional £300 payment for the use of technology.

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