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Proposed Redundancies at Babcock Rail

  • Submitted by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Wednesday, 27 March 2024
  • Submitting member has a registered interest.

  • Motion reference: S6M-12626
  • Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament notes with concern reports that Babcock Rail is proposing to make 42 redundancies on the Rail Systems Alliance Scotland (RSAS) contract that it has with Network Rail Scotland to deliver essential rail infrastructure renewals and enhancement works, including in the Central Scotland region; understands that Babcock Rail has stated that these redundancies are being proposed as a result of Network Rail Scotland reviewing its funding settlement for the upcoming control period 7 (CP7) and reducing the work bank and volume of work that RSAS is required to undertake for year one of CP7; further understands that the RMT Union has raised concerns about a reported reduction in the Network Rail Scotland budget for renewals work for CP7 of £315 million, or 13%; is concerned, therefore, about what it considers the impact on safety, performance and jobs of reductions in the budget for essential rail infrastructure works; is further concerned about the reported potential impact of funding cuts and any delays to the commencement of CP7 works on the wider supply chain; notes the belief that the work programme for CP7 must commence without delay, and further notes the calls on the Scottish Government to reverse the reported cut of £315 million in the funding for rail renewals work and ensure that sufficient funding is provided for the RSAS contract to protect all jobs.

Supported by: Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Monica Lennon, Carol Mochan (Registered interest) , Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney