Unite the union has today (25 July) announced that a rally involving a piper leading out the workforce on the final day at the Springburn rail depot will take place on Friday 26 July at 12 noon at the main gate on Charles Street, Springburn (G21 2PS).

Unite launched its campaign in December 2018 to save the depot following an announcement by Gemini Rail Services UK Ltd to close threatening 200 highly-skilled direct and indirect jobs. The closure will mean the vast majority of the repairs and maintenance of Scotland’s rail stock will now be carried out in England. The union has repeatedly called for intervention by the Scottish government to consider taking a strategic public stake in the depot.

Pat McIlvogue, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “The Caley workforce will leave with their heads held high. If there is no urgent intervention by the Scottish government then this will be the last day of a long and proud 163 year history. However, we still believe that if there is the necessary political will then this doesn’t need to be the case. The Caley can have a proud future ahead of it. The campaign to secure this future will go on but today represents a potentially poignant moment in Scotland’s industrial story.”

Watch this amazing video involving the workers of the past and present at the Caley who have fought to save their jobs, and the jobs of the future on Unite Scotland’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


For more information contact Pat McIlvogue on 07918631805.

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.