Scotrail implements minimum 7% pay increase

ScotRail

Employees at transportation business Scotrail have accepted a pay rise of between 7% and 9%, backdated to April.

The pay offer followed a campaign of industrial action by members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), which included two days of strikes.

The deal include a 5% increase in basic pay, which comprises a 2.2% rise to recognise the cost-of-living challenges, funded by Transport Scotland and paid to all general grades from April 2022, and a further 2.8% increase funded by Scotrail.

The accepted offer also included a £750 payment consolidated into pay for all general grade staff, a £390 excess revenue share premium – to be paid as quickly as possible, resulting in less tax and national insurance contributions – an extension of the no compulsory guarantee for six years, improved maternity payments and Sunday working benefits.

Phil Campbell, head of customer operations at Scotrail, said: “We are delighted that RMT members have voted to accept this pay offer. We worked hard to put forward an offer which recognises the hard work of staff, as well as the financial challenges faced by the railway as we recover from the pandemic.

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“ScotRail, our staff, and our customers want to have a reliable, safe, and sustainable railway that supports the economy and connects communities across the country. By reaching agreement with the RMT, we can now focus fully on delivering a service which our customers expect and deserve.”

Mick Lynch, general secretary at the RMT, added: “This is a fantastic victory for our members in Scotrail and I congratulate them on their strong strike actions, without which there would have been no deal reached. The pay rise on top of further payments and improvements to working conditions will help with the cost-of-living crisis and ensure that the travelling public are not inconvenienced further.”