RAIL workers are set to go on strike during the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow after union members voted for strike action.

COP26 will take place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12 and will see global leaders, activists, campaigners and protesters descend on the city.

Large-scale transport disruption has previously been predicted during the conference, with major roads in the city closed to traffic.

RMT members on the Caledonian Sleeper service, run by Serco, will also strike from October 31 to November 2 and from November 11 to 13.

ScotRail workers will strike from November 1 to 12 amid a dispute over pay and conditions.

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Sunday train services in Scotland have been impacted for months as workers protest over pay and conditions.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Both ScotRail and the Caledonian Sleeper have had adequate time to come up with a fair pay settlement for Scotland’s rail workers in advance of COP26.

“Instead they have kicked the can down the road and left us with no option but to put this action on today."

Lynch added that the blame for the closure of rail services in Scotland lies with "Abellio, Serco and the political leadership at Holyrood", adding that it is time to give the staff "at the front line of our green transport services the justice, respect and reward they deserve".

The union had earlier announced the result of a ballot in which 84% of more than 2000 members backed more strikes over the ScotRail dispute.

In response to news of industrial action going ahead, a spokesperson from ScotRail said: “It’s extremely disappointing that the RMT have opted to continue with this highly damaging strike action, particularly when a pay offer, negotiated over several weeks, has been made to the trade unions.

“We’re seeing customers gradually return to Scotland’s railway, but the scale of the financial situation ScotRail is facing is stark.

“To build a more sustainable and greener railway for the future and reduce the burden on the taxpayer, we need to change.

“All of us in the railway: management, staff, trade unions, suppliers, and Government, need to work together to modernise the railway so that it is fit for the future.”

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A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “We welcome the constructive talks which have taken place between all parties.

“A significant offer has been made by employers since this RMT ballot opened and we understand that the RMT will now ballot its membership again on the substance of this offer.

“We hope that RMT members and the other unions will agree and accept this offer, putting to an end existing and proposed industrial disputes and action.

“Rail workers have played their part in keeping the country moving through the pandemic and we are sure that they will see the importance of the moment and the role they can play in showing the best Scotland’s railway has to offer as we welcome world leaders from across the globe to COP26.”