RMT activists demonstrate outside stations in Glasgow today

Tomatoes growing in human sewage on railway tracks. Image from RMT

Tomatoes growing in human sewage on railway tracks. Image from RMT

Rail workers protesting over the continuing scandal of the dumping of sewage on the tracks are this morning leafleting  at Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street stations.

The action is part of RMT’s on-going campaign to bring forward the date when the practice will be stopped on the Scotrail franchise from December 2017 to the union target date of April 2016 – a full year after Abellio take over the franchise.

At a meeting earlier this month a Network Rail Director told union reps that the risk to staff is low with a limited amount of harmful bacteria within this human waste – a view the union disputes, describing the response as a “dangerously complacent attitude”.

On further questioning  management confirmed the last analysis they carried out on human waste was in 2004, more than a decade ago.

Network Rail also confirmed it would not offer staff any jabs to protect against any potential illnesses or disease, for example hepatitis.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT activists will be on the entrances at both Glasgow Central and Queen Street this morning leafleting the public to raise awareness that this filthy and disgusting practice continues in 2015 with little or no regard for the health, safety and wellbeing of rail workers

RMT is determined to force rail bosses to bring forward the date when this scandal is brought to an end once and for all. “

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