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"Matheson, tell ScotRail to negotiate, not bully our members, to stop Industrial Action" - Cortes

20 August 2019

TSSA today called on the Transport Secretary to intervene with Abellio ScotRail after our members complained of "bullying" tactics to prevent them from taking lawful industrial action due to start this Thursday. TSSA Driver Train Managers (DTMs) are due to take industrial action this week in a dispute over being instructed to drive trains on top of having to perform all the other duties associated with their jobs.

ScotRail have been forcing DTMs to cover shifts in order to make up for driver shortages. This will leave the DTM role uncovered creating further problems for ScotRail down the line as DTMs play an essential role in driver training.

Members were written to, individually by ScotRail Operations Director David Simpson on Friday 16th August. Bosses have also used individual face-to-face meetings in an effort to scare TSSA members out of taking the industrial action which will see DTMs cease to drive trains from Thursday 22nd.

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said, “ScotRail resorting to behaviour that would have made Victorian mill owners blush with embarrassment is simply an act of desperation. They know that from Thursday, trains will be cancelled as our members exercise their lawful right to take part in industrial action.

“ScotRail should be engaging in meaningful negotiations rather than issuing threats to our members. Sadly, from the very beginning of this dispute, they have attempted to sideline our union and railroad our members into covering driving duties. They are a disgrace to our industry.

“Frankly, Transport Secretary Matheson should tell ScotRail to stop bullying and intimidating our members. Their behaviour has no place in 21st Century industrial relations. Rather than up the ante by issuing threats, ScotRail should be looking at ways to end a dispute of their own making as they have abysmally failed to recruit enough train drivers. Our union remains available for further talks and we are willing to suspend our action if the Company gives copper-bottom guarantees that our members will not be forced to drive trains.”


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