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TSSA announce victory and end to Industrial Action in dispute over who drives trains

14 December 2019

TSSA today (Saturday) announced victory in its long running dispute with ScotRail over the role of Driver Train Managers.

Driver Team Managers have been working to rule since August after ScotRail tried to force them to cover up to 3 drivers’ shifts a week in addition to their normal job roles without previous consultation with their recognised trade union, the TSSA.

The deal between ScotRail and the trade union is good news for ScotRail’s passengers who’ve endured cancelled trains due to the dispute every weekend since September, most notably in the Edinburgh area. Last week more than 50 trains were cancelled across Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen and Dundee.

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, said, “I’m glad that ScotRail has finally come to its senses and made us an offer that is acceptable for our members. Abellio should never have tried to bypass proper consultation in favour of bullying our members into changing their job descriptions.

“This is good news for long-suffering passengers. Last weekend over 50 trains were cancelled due to our work to rule and I am glad that we will now be able to lift that.”

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Notes to Editors

• ScotRail management attempted to impose a change to DTM jobs in July, obliging them to drive up to 3 drivers’ shifts a week in addition to their normal job roles without consultation with their recognised trade union, the TSSA.
• DTMs normally work 37 hours a week over 5 shifts. Drivers work 4 shifts of 12 hours. If the DTMs had had to cover 3 drivers shifts a week they would have had inadequate time to carry out their own duties, which would be detrimental to the running of the railway as a whole
• DTM normal duties include training drivers. If they had lost 3 shifts a week to driving trains this would have hampered their ability to train the new drivers ScotRail has recruited.
• The deal reached between the TSSA and ScotRail includes:

1. The requirement to drive trains as a last resort to cover shortages as part of a DTMs normal duties is suspended for a three month period until 1st April 2020.
2. DTMs can however volunteer to drive trains as a last resort to cover shortages on their rest days, outwith normal duties, for which the agreed payment of £375 per rest day would be paid.
3. DTMs will retain the enhanced rate of pay already implemented as at December 2019.
4. DTM pay award date to revert to 1st April 2020
• Further review of requirement to drive to take place prior to 1st April 2020.
 

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