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ScotRail workers accept new pay deal but passengers warned they will still face major festive disruption

RAIL workers in the RMT union have accepted a new pay offer made by ScotRail, the publicly-owned operator said.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail‘s head of customer operations, said the firm was “delighted” the union had voted to take the improved deal.

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ScotRail passengers have been warned they will still face major disruption over the festive periodCredit: Alamy

However, a dispute involving RMT members and Network Rail remains ongoing, meaning travellers still face disruption on the railways.

Speaking after the latest pay deal was accepted by ScotRail workers, Mr Campbell 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.”

He continued: “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.

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“By reaching agreement with the RMT, we can now focus fully on delivering a service which our customers expect and deserve.”

The RMT ScotRail members include conductors, ticket examiners, hospitality staff, engineers, cleaners and ticket office staff.

A separate UK-wide dispute with Network Rail – which will also shut down ScotRail services – is ongoing.

This will see strikes on December 13 and 14, December 16 and 17, January 3 and 4, and January 6 and 7.

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There will also be an overtime ban across the railways from December 18 until January 2.

This means RMT will be taking industrial action for four weeks.

ScotRail said that while none of its staff were involved, “the impact on our services is likely to be severe”.

Another dispute with ScotRail drivers – Aslef members – was resolved in July.

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