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Cortes: Sturgeon has my telephone number. We need to talk about ScotRail

21 March 2019

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes has yesterday (Wednesday) written to Nicola Sturgeon calling for a meeting to discuss “the precarious practice that is Abellio's management of the ScotRail franchise”

The move comes after ScotRail wrote to the unions announcing that they had made a profit in 2018 despite record-breaking poor performance.

Cortes said “ScotRail’s performance is the worst now since records began in 1997. And with fare prices rising every year, and tax-payer subsidies higher now than they were pre-privatisation Scottish passengers will rightly feel they’re being ripped off.

“TSSA is the union representing rail professionals. We want to share our expertise with Nicola Sturgeon and work with her to protect ScotRail from further deterioration.

“Michael Matheson’s ideological commitment to running ScotRail as a gravy train for privatised interests is getting in the way of his duties as Transport Minister. He’s supposed to ensure value for money for taxpayers and a decent service for passengers. Right now, he’s failing on both accounts. That’s why we’ve gone straight to the top.

“It’s time Nicola Sturgeon took ownership of the problem. Under Michael Matheson Abellio have got away with running ScotRail into the ground. She has my telephone number, I’m ready to meet with her as soon as possible.

“Let’s give long-suffering Scottish commuters the railway service they deserve.”

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Manuel's letter to Nicola Sturgeon can be seen here   Cortes ScotRail letter to Sturgeon 20th March 2019

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