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TSSA outraged at ScotRail interference in union and press freedom

21 March 2018

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes has lambasted ScotRail's HR boss, Sir John Gillies after he attempted to gag our union who has condemned ScotRail for imposing cuts which are playing fast and loose with passenger safety.

TSSA met with Gillies yesterday for talks aimed at settling our dispute with the company after a rolling programme of Voluntary Severance job losses has severely diminished safety critical staff  leaving CCTV cameras unmonitored and the security of the network and stations compromised.

But instead of coming up with a viable solution to serious and hardwired concerns our members, Gillies attacked our General Secretary Manuel Cortes for exposing the company's shenanigans in the press and specifically asking for Cortes to not be told of the proceedings of yesterday's meeting. 

Deliberately ignoring the plea, Cortes said,

"ScotRail is not a personal fiefdom for Sir John Gillies to arrogantly stomp over. It is a public railway and the public have a right to expect decent safety standards are being observed.

"If Gilles thinks he can shut me up, he can think again. The safety of our members at work is the reason this union exists in the first place. The arrogance of vindictive bosses like Gillies who think they can order their workers and their representatives around should have died out along time ago. Sadly, it remains all too real and it's why TSSA working with a free press is such an important method of holding ScotRail to account. 

"Far from shutting up, it is high time to shut out about the regime of jeopardy over with Gillies reigns.  

Our members have been incredibly patient with Abellio ScotRail over their deliberate attempts to risk passenger and staff safety. In fact, we have tried to negotiate a resolution for the last six months and my members patience has now run out. 

"Gillies is scared of bad PR because he is a PR disaster and ScotRail is now drinking in the last chance saloon. Either they up their game and finally start negotiating in good faith or as night follows day, industrial action will become inevitable. I call on the Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, to tell ScotRail to censor Gillies order him to cut his Lord High and Mighty act into and start engaging with us. Make no mistake, our members have had more than enough."

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