Unite the union today (19 February) took its campaign to save the Gemini Rail Services depot in Springburn to the Scottish Parliament. 

A delegation and rally involving the workforce will take place at 3.30p.m. outside the Parliament to coincide with Labour MSP James Kelly’s member's debate on the threatened closure. 

The delegation will be led by Unite regional industrial officer Pat McIlvogue who can be contacted on 07918631805 and is available for interviews and photo opportunities with the workforce delegation.

The campaign has several key demands of the Scottish Government including:

  • On-site electrification in order to connect the depot to the Glasgow to Edinburgh rail line at an estimated cost of less than £1m. The Scottish Government has been allocated £4.8 billion for Rail Infrastructure from Westminster.

  • The Scottish Government’s immediate intervention to bring the depot under its control as an asset of strategic importance in Scotland’s transport infrastructure. The demand is based on the precedent set by the Scottish Government who brought Glasgow Prestwick Airport under its control in November 2013. 

In December last year, Gemini announced its intention to close the depot, threatening 200 highly-skilled direct and indirect jobs. The Springburn depot carries out service, maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrades on all trains for ScotRail.


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.