Train staff vote for action over Paisley CCTV axe
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.”