Glasgow rail dispute over but national strikes loom

A DISPUTE over the sacking of a rail worker which threatened to cause disruption at Glasgow Central Station - Scotland’s busiest - was resolved today.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) scrapped a planned overtime ban from next Wednesday after ScotRail reinstated John Lappin.

The move followed talks between the RMT and the train operator after the union announced yesterday its members had voted for action short of a strike.

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RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Senior union representatives have been in urgent talks with the company and I am pleased to advise that John Lappin has been reinstated to a Grade A position at Glasgow Central.

“The union’s executive committee has now had the opportunity to consider this fantastic result and taken the decision to cancel the industrial action short of a strike.”

A ScotRail spokeswoman said: “We are pleased to confirm to our customers that the dispute involving a member of staff at Glasgow Central has been resolved.”

The union is expected to announce tomorrow whether it will order any Britain-wide strikes as part of a separate pay dispute with track owner Network Rail, following a decisive vote for action.

It is likely to be timed to coincide with a results of a strike ballot from sister rail union the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association.