Pictures and tweets: First day of strike on Scotrail trains


Union members voted for strike action by 75 per cent

THE FIRST of several planned strikes by ScotRail workers began this morning over plans to extend ‘driver-only’ operations – here we round up a selection of tweets and pictures. 

Talks between the RMT union and private operator Abellio broke down ahead of the planned one-day strike, which is the first of several planned walk-outs across the ScotRrail network.  The dispute is over Abellio’s plans to make the new trains, due to come into service in 2018, ‘driver-only’, meaning that the trains will operate without conductors, and drivers will operate doors. 

Two dozen routes have cancelled or reduced services today. 

Pickets are currently being held at stations across the country, including Glasgow’s Central Station and Queen Street Station. 

A picket at Edinburgh Waverly highlights what the RMT says it the central issue at stake: public safety

RMT members are also striking on Southern services in the south of England, over the same driver-only issue.

#RMTStrike solidarity with striking workers @freethepeeps @BobEllard1 @RMTLondon @RMTunion @NSSN_AntiCuts

A petition backing the union’s demand for guards on trains has attracted several thousand signatures on campaign site 38 Degrees.  

Scotrail has refuted the RMT’s claims that driver-only operations are unsafe. This morning a leaflet was circulated by the company with a message from Phil Vester, managing director of the Scotrail Alliance which runs the service. Vester stated that pay and conditions are guaranteed and that the strike is unecessary: 

The RMT union however maintains that passenger safety is only guaranteed by the presence of guards who have extensive safety training, and accused ScotRail of ‘sabotaging’ negotiations. 

Read more: RMT official: Removing guards from trains will threaten safety of passengers 

Picture courtesy of CARL SPENCER

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