ScotRail workers to strike next month in pay dispute

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ScotRail workers will walk out on October 10  (PA Wire)
ScotRail workers will walk out on October 10 (PA Wire)

Workers on ScotRail will strike on October 10 in a dispute over pay, the RMT union announced.

The union said its members had been offered a 5% pay rise, describing it as a real terms wage cut because of the soaring rate of inflation.

Rail unions are staging a series of strikes in early October over pay, jobs and conditions which will cripple services across the UK.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "ScotRail knows this offer is not good enough and needs to take into account the escalating cost-of-living crisis.

"Our members refuse to be made poorer and will exercise their industrial strength to let ScotRail know that they will not rest until they are paid what they deserve."

It comes just a day after the RMT announced that 40,000 of its members at Network Rail and 15 train operators will walk out on October 8. Industrial action is already planned on October 1 and 5.

It follows a summer of prolonged industrial action by the RMT as part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions with Network Rail.

The RMT staged three days of industrial action in June, with further strikes taking place throughout July and August.

Previous strike action due to be undertaken by the union on September 15 and 17 was cancelled following the death of the Queen.

Speaking in the US on Wednesday, Prime Minister Liz Truss called for an end to the strikes.

She said: “We are committed to bringing in legislation for minimum service levels on rail as soon as possible.

“My message is: I want this country to be successful. And that means people being able to get to work. People being able to get on with their business, people being able to move projects forward.

“So I would encourage rail workers to get back to work. There’s no doubt we’re facing tough times as a country. I want to take a constructive approach with the unions, but I would tell them to get back to work.”