T In The Park rail strike planned?

Proposed strike causes anger

A proposed rail strike that could coincide with the start of T In The Park has led to Scottish rail union members being slammed.

The Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) intends to strike on July 6 in a row over bonus payments. T In The Park is due to take place between July 6-8 in Balado in Perth and Kinross.

Network Rail has described the union’s timing as “appalling.”

The dispute involved about 400 Network Rail signallers in Scotland who claim bonuses were cut following a previous strike in March.

The rail strikes in March saw no trains running north of Stirling.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow told a union conference in Edinburgh on Monday (June 25) that Network Rail had acted “appallingly” and warned that the dispute could spread.

He said: “We have been trying to get management to reconsider their position but the bosses have said that they will not talk to us.

“Out members have been treated appallingly by Network Rail What has happened in Scotland means that any group of workers going on strike could lose their bonus.”

Meanwhile Network Rail chief executive John Armitt told BBC: “On behalf of all rail users, we are angered and extremely disappointed by the RMT’s plans for an unnecessary strike.”