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DTM Strike Looms in ScotRail

24 July 2019

TSSA sent a final warning to ScotRail today after members voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over changes to staff duties and contracts.

87.5% of Driver Team Manager members voted in favour of strikes after ScotRail forced them to cover driving shifts in addition to their current duties. This is having a detrimental impact on their health and well-being as fatigue is starting to set in.

The union is also in dispute with the company over rest day working arrangements in other grades.

TSSA leader, 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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