Sleeper train staff to be balloted on strike action in row over staffing

October 30, 2023 10:35 AM AEDT | By PAMEDIA
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Rail union members working on an overnight sleeper service between London and Scotland are to be asked to consider striking over staffing numbers.

The RMT union has accused the operators of the Caledonian Sleeper service of causing staff adverse stress and anxiety by allegedly refusing to crew services “adequately”.

Representatives have also accused management of failing to adhere to a dispute resolution agreement reached in 2019, putting a further strain on industrial relations.

Employees will be asked if they want to take strike action and action short of strikes such as no rest day working and an overtime ban.

The ballot for train hosts and train host team leader grades will open on Tuesday, October 31 and close on November 21.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members have expertise in what kind of staffing levels you need on the Caledonian sleeper, both in terms of safety and comfort of passengers.

“Management seem intent on picking a fight with RMT members instead of listening and negotiating properly with them.

“A big vote, and turnout for strike action will send the clearest message to Caledonian Sleeper management that they need to respect the workforce and not renege on agreements with the union.”

The Caledonian Sleeper is a service operated by Scottish Rail Holdings on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The operators have been approached for comment.


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