Today the first of six 24 hour strikes begins across Scotland's trains. Scotrail's train guards have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action due to franchise holder Abellio's refusal to end the continued role out of Driver Only Operation Trains.

This proposal will not only undermine the work undertaken by hundreds across Scotland every day, it will also have a very serious impact on public safety with guards being the only Safety Critical member of staff on board a train other than the driver.

We fully support the industrial action being taken by these RMT members and would urge you to visit a nearby station's picket lineĀ  to offer your support, solidarity, and some tea and coffee, to trade unionists who are standing up for their jobs and our safety.

Gary Anderton, RMT and RISE Trade Union Network member said:

"Guards are vital to our rail network. They are responsible for your safety on trains, I fear the consequences should they no longer be there.

"We all must support these strikes as this is more than just a campaign against job loses. This is one which focuses on the most basic needs of passengers. Should Abellio win this fight, our railways will be a completely different place in the years to come."