RMT to stage strikes on Caledonian Sleeper

MEMBERS of the RMT are to take industrial action on Caledonian Sleeper in October after a strike ballot, in protest at what the union claims is ‘SERCO’s lack of concern for members’ safety and wellbeing’, and also the company’s ‘refusal’ to negotiate.

Walkouts of sleeper hosts and sleeper team leaders have been called from 17.30 on 4 October until the same time on 6 October, and again from 17.30 on 11 October until 17.30 on the 13th.

There will also be a ban on rest day working, working in a higher grade and voluntary overtime from 17.31 on 6 October until 17.29 on the 11th, and then from 17.31 on the 13th until further notice.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ‘Our vote shows that members on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper are absolutely determined to seek justice in this dispute and I am sure this will be displayed by full support across the service for this industrial action.

’A clear message has been sent to management by the vote and now by this call to action. It is now time for the SERCO management to respond in a meaningful and positive way to the serious safety issues at the heart of this dispute.‎’

Railnews has invited SERCO to comment.

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