Caledonian Sleeper has introduced it is going to cancel all companies as employees go on strike for 11 days later this month over a pay dispute.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union held a poll claiming service operators Serco “tried to impose a pay freeze on hardworking workers who’ve saved the service working all through the Covid pandemic”.
Motion will happen from 11.59am on Tuesday June 15 to 11.59am on Saturday June 26.
Serco, which operates the service, says the strike will trigger “vital disruption to folks booked to journey on board the in a single day rail service between London and Scotland”.
Kathryn Darbandi, Serco’s managing director for Caledonian Sleeper, stated: “The proposed strike motion by the RMT is each unjustified and really disappointing, and can affect 1000’s of visitors attributable to journey within the interval at a time after we ought to all be working collectively to rebuild the Scottish financial system.
“It should additionally hurt our hard-working workers who will lose vital earnings because of this.
“All through the pandemic, we’ve got protected workers, all of whom have obtained full pay regardless that our companies have been considerably decreased.
“We have now additionally been clear that we absolutely intend to renew pay talks subsequent 12 months, as soon as the enterprise is in a stronger place.
“We stay open to discussions aimed toward resolving the dispute, however within the meantime, we’ve got had no alternative however to organize for the strike to go forward.
“Sadly, because of this we’ve got taken the troublesome choice to cancel our companies. We’re sorry that visitors will likely be affected by this strike motion and are contacting them to rearrange a full refund.”
All workers grades had been concerned within the poll, which returned an 85% vote in favour of a strike, with members additionally being instructed to not work any time beyond regulation or work on their relaxation day from 12pm on Saturday June 26.
It comes after two durations of strike motion in October final 12 months additionally led to companies being cancelled.
The union can also be accusing Serco of mendacity to passengers about partaking with the union in talks, suggesting they’ve been “stonewalling all makes an attempt to get around the desk”.
Mick Lynch, RMT common secretary, stated: “Serco must cease mendacity to passengers and giving false hope about talks when actually none have taken place.
“The corporate must get around the desk for actual in order that we will negotiate a good pay deal for our members who’ve saved the service working all through the pandemic.
“This contempt in direction of a loyal and devoted workforce is totally unacceptable and RMT will likely be backing all of them the best way.
“The union stays out there for talks aimed toward resolving this dispute.”