STAFF at two ScotRail CCTV centres are set to strike in May and June over proposals to reduce the number of people employed at Dumfermline and Paisley.
The changes also include new working practices, which are said to involve compulsory night working. However, ScotRail has pledged there will be no compulsory redundancies.
The two centres monitor images from cameras at stations in southern Scotland, including those in the Glasgow area.
The RMT claims that ‘ScotRail have been determined to axe core CCTV staff at both locations, with 17 staff posts identified for the chop, with remaining staff then expected to tear apart their work-life balance and domestic arrangements at the whim of the company’.
Walkouts of 24 hours have been called from 00.01 on 5 May, and also from 06.00 on 11 June. Members of TSSA are already going to strike on 5 and 19 May, and also 11 June, again in protest at the changes.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It defies belief that in the current climate, where anti-social behaviour, assaults and security threats are rife, that ScotRail would be decimating their CCTV operations in this cavalier fashion.
“RMT members’ concerns are being ignored by the company and as a result we have no option but to confirm this programme of industrial action.
“RMT remains available for talks but it is now down to ScotRail to start listening, recognise the seriousness of this issue and engage on a serious and meaningful basis with the union.”
The ScotRail Alliance said: “We have contingency measures to ensure that any proposed action will have no impact on the service our customers receive.
“We are disappointed with this decision but will continue discussions with our people. The safety of our employees and customers is our priority, which is why our proposals will improve safety and enhance the information we provide to our customers.”