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TSSA tells ScotRail Bosses "We won't be driving trains"

8 August 2019

TSSA announced today (Thursday) that their Driver Team Managers (DTMs) will stop driving trains from Thursday 22nd August in Action Short of Strike Action and warned ScotRail that strike dates will follow.

The dispute centres on ScotRail’s decision to force 50 managers to cover train driving shifts in addition to their own duties, leaving them overstretched and stressed out. The company failed to consult with the TSSA which represents the Driver Team Managers (DTMs) and staff voted in July for industrial action.

In a meeting this week TSSA members decided to refuse to drive trains, to work rest days, overtime or “on call” shifts and to refuse to cover lieu days. This will leave ScotRail without sufficient cover for their understaffed driver team and lead to train cancellations.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said, “Our message to ScotRail is crystal clear, our Driver Team Manager members will very soon stop driving trains. This is a crisis of the Company's own making as they have failed to recruit enough train drivers.

“Unlike the iceberg that the Titanic hit, a driver shortage was in plain sight but ScotRail's incompetence means they failed to act to remedy this situation.

“I am really sorry that Scotland's long-suffering passengers will once again pay the price for the fiasco that the SNP has made of our railways in Scotland. Sadly, there is more industrial strife brewing as we are getting ready to ballot more of our members in a raft of disputes. Matheson ought to get his finger out and intervene to stop Abellio’s mismanagement of ScotRail, but I am not holding my breath.”

Notes to Editors

Driver Team Managers’ role is to line manage, and ensure the competency and welfare of, drivers. Their duties include training drivers, passing them out, monitoring Newly Qualified Drivers, investigating operational incidents such as not stopping at stations or passing signals at danger, and recovering drivers who’ve been involved in fatalities. TSSA is concerned that if DTMs are covering Drivers’ shifts they won’t be able to cover their core duties. Over time this will reduce the number of drivers being trained, monitored and supported. Abellio should be recruiting new drivers rather than looking for temporary fixes that will create more long term problems.

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