CARLISLE’s commuters have been warned of travel disruption after a rail union announced a third strike day.

The RMT said yesterday that it would hold the stoppage tomorrow in an ongoing dispute involving ScotRail conductors.

Action has been planned every Sunday for six weeks from March 28 and the train operator has warned of “significant travel disruption” on its network.

The stoppage will affect the line for ScotRail’s services from Carlisle to Glasgow, including stations at Gretna Green and Annan.

The union said it was continuing the action because ScotRail refused “point blank to engage in talks” over the issue of enhanced rest day working payments.

The train operator is a subsidiary of Dutch-owned Abellio, which will lose it’s franchise next year.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “I want to pay tribute to our ScotRail conductors who have stood firm from day one in this dispute in a fight for basic pay justice and equality with other grades.

“It is frankly disgusting that these same staff, who have kept Scotland’s key workers moving during the pandemic, have been repaid with a kick in the teeth from this greedy and aggressive company.

“Abellio are happy to keep this dispute running, cancel services and bleed the franchise dry rather than engaging in serious talks over workplace justice with the union.

“That is a disgrace.

“Our action goes ahead on Sunday and the union stands shoulder to shoulder with our conductor members.”

A spokesman from ScotRail said: “Conductors are taking part in the strike for six consecutive Sundays, in a bid to force an increase in overtime payments at a time when ScotRail is facing its worst ever financial crisis.

“It means that services will be cancelled on a number of key routes and will have a significant impact on people who need to travel, including NHS workers delivering a critical service during the pandemic.

“The strike comes with passenger numbers and revenue down more than 90 per cent compared to before the pandemic.”