TSSA members vote for strike at ScotRail

TSSA members have voted 87.5% for strike action at ScotRail in a dispute over changes to staff duties and contracts.

The driver team manager members are angry at being forced to cover driving shifts in addition to their current duties, and over rest day working arrangements in other grades.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “ScotRail’s high-handed actions in forcing a change on our members duties without negotiations have come back to bite them. We’ve asked repeatedly that they negotiate any proposals for change with our members.

“Forcing someone to do two jobs is frankly not good for their well-being or the safety of our railways. Not sure passengers will thank ScotRail for playing fast and loose with their safety because they failed to recruit enough drivers.

“ScotRail should have listened to our members concerns but have acted like bully boys by ignoring them. ScotRail now face another entirely avoidable summer of strikes, brought on by their own incompetence.

“Managing Director Alex Hynes knows where we are. If he truly wants to build ‘the best railway Scotland has ever had’ he needs to meet with us. Otherwise trains will stop running.”

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