Train staff vote for ac­tion over Pais­ley CCTV axe

Paisley Daily Express - - News -

Rail work­ers have voted to take in­dus­trial ac­tion over Scotrail’s plans to axe CCTV op­er­a­tors in Pais­ley.

Bosses of the RMT union fear the 22 pro­posed re­dun­dan­cies in Pais­ley and Dun­fermline could pose ma­jor health and safety risks to pas­sen­gers.

Scotrail bosses say the job cuts are part of a plan to mod­ernise the tech­nol­ogy sys­tems used at two sites, in­clud­ing Gil­mour Street Sta­tion.

Mem­bers of the RMT union, which rep­re­sents rail work­ers, voted nine to one for in­dus­trial ac­tion and will now be con­sid­ered by the union’s ex­ec­u­tive.

RMT Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Mick Cash, said: “It is shock­ing that at a time of un­prece­dented ter­ror threats across the na­tion that Scotrail have de­cided to jeop­ar­dise the safety of the gen­eral pub­lic through these CCTV job cuts.

“These se­cu­rity posts are cru­cial to pro­vid­ing a safe and se­cure rail­way net­work and RMT will not sit back while Scotrail gam­ble with the safety of both staff and pas­sen­gers.

“The union’s ex­ec­u­tive will now con­sider the next steps and we re­main avail­able for talks.”

Pais­ley based MSP Neil Bibby has de­manded Scotrail re­think its plans to ditch the CCTV work­ers roles.

He said: “These CCTV work­ers carry out ex­tremely im­por­tant jobs in pro­tect­ing the trav­el­ling pub­lic across Scot­land day in day out.

“Twenty-two work­ers can cover hundreds of trains and pro­tect thou­sands of pas­sen­gers every week – en­sur­ing that if a pas­sen­ger has an ac­ci­dent they get the help they need.”

Scotrail has in­di­cated there will be no ‘com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies’as part of its pro­pos­als.

A spokesman said: “We are mak­ing ma­jor im­prove­ments to the way in which we pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to our cus­tomers.

“As part of that, we are also up­grad­ing our CCTV sys­tem.

“We have a no com­pul­sory re­dun­dancy pol­icy which we fully in­tend to hon­our.

“We con­tinue to dis­cuss this is­sue with our staff and the unions in or­der to reach agree­ment on a way for­ward.”

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