ScotRail offers staff payrise in bid to stop strikes before COP26

ScotRail has made a pay offer of 4.7 per cent to staff in a bid to end a series of weekend strikes, with industrial action for the next two weekends put on hold while the offer is considered.

ScotRail staff having been striking each Sunday.

Workers at the rail firm have been holding a series of strikes over pay in recent weeks, with plans to continue each Sunday between now and November 28.

It is now understood an offer has been made to staff of an initial 2.5 per cent backdated to April this year, with an additional 2.2 per cent promised in April 2022.

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There is also a separate offer on the table of a £300 bonus payment to all staff for ensuring that COP26 is fully supported between October 31, and November 12.

With some world leaders staying in Edinburgh and travelling to Glasgow for the summit, there are expected to be delays along the M8.

It is understood that the offer represents improved terms made to staff, after weeks of disruption across Scotland’s rail network.

If strikes continue as scheduled, they will occur all day on consecutive Sundays; October 31, November 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Planned strikes for October 17 and 24 have been called off while the offer is considered.

Unite says members will be balloted on the latest offer between October 13 and 25.

A spokesperson for RMT said: “The offer has been received, and going through normal process of being discussed by our reps across Scotland. We’ll be issuing a further statement in due course.”

A ScotRail spokesperson said: “We’re seeing customers gradually return to Scotland’s Railway, but the scale of the financial situation ScotRail is facing is stark.

“We will continue to engage with the rail trade unions to find an agreement on pay and conditions.

“To build a more sustainable and greener railway for the future and reduce the burden on the taxpayer, we need to change. All of us in the railway – management, staff, trade unions, suppliers, and government – need to work together to modernise the railway so that it is fit for the future.”