Unite has today (24 October) confirmed its engineering membership at Abellio Scotrail voted by 97 per cent for an industrial action ballot. Unite representatives have been locked in negotiations with Scotrail management for months in an attempt to resolve a number of working conditions including non-adherence to key terms around rest day working and overtime.

Overtime levels inclusive of ‘rest day’ working had been running at nearly 13 per cent of the total workforce due to staff shortages, increased workplace stress and workload due to the maintenance issues relating to the high-speed train stock. Abellio Scotrail conditions of service state that ‘overtime working is not considered to be required out with an emergency situation'. However, Abellio Scotrail is routinely categorising maintenance issues as an ‘emergency’.

Pat McIlvogue, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “The strength of the result in favour of an industrial ballot serves to highlight the unhappiness and disillusion of our membership. Abellio Scotrail management have repeatedly ignored the concerns of our members, in particular, over rest day working. To put it bluntly, company management are presiding over organisational chaos and it is mismanagement of the highest order. As result of this vote we will now move towards a ballot for industrial action."


For more information contact Pat McIlvogue on 07918 631 805.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.