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Caledonian Sleeper staff set to strike tonight

WORKERS on the Caledonian Sleeper rail service in Scotland are set to stage a picket line in Glasgow this evening, beginning strike action against operator Serco.

The RMT said it would be the latest action in an ongoing fight for pay and workplace justice for Scotland’s rail workers.

General secretary Mick Lynch called for political intervention to stop the strike, which was otherwise due to go ahead at 11.59pm last night until 11.58pm tomorrow.

The union confirmed that the most recent pay offer – a rise of 1.4 per cent, which is below both inflation and the deal secured for Scotrail workers – was overwhelmingly rejected by members.

Serco had hit out on Wednesday night after members voted to reject the latest pay offer, despite what were understood to be positive talks with RMT representatives. 

Mr Lynch said: “There is still time to come up with a fair pay settlement for this key group of Scotland’s rail workers as Cop26 enters its final days.

“That would be an important statement of support for a group of staff providing green transport alternatives.”

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