"Meet with us now" - TSSA plea to Scottish Transport Minister

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TSSA has written to Scotland’s Transport Minister, Kevin Stewart, yesterday (Wednesday) to press for a meeting to discuss in person the many issues facing ScotRail, Network Rail and CalMac and much more.

Mr Stewart was appointed in late March by the new First Minister Humza Yousaf.

However, TSSA, which represents members in ScotRail, Network Rail and CalMac, says that to date neither Mr Stewart nor his office have contacted them for a meeting, something which had been a regular occurrence with his predecessors, including Humza Yousaf himself.

TSSA Interim General Secretary, Peter Pendle, said: “We’ve had a healthy and productive working relationship with Mr Stewart’s predecessor, Jenny Gilruth. We’re actively involved with her Women’s Safety Review, as well as the National Conversation on Rail, the Fair Fares review and the steering group for the Carmont Inquiry.

“We’re also currently in dispute with ScotRail over On Call Working. So we’re disappointed not to have been contacted yet by the new Transport Minister. I’m calling on him now to learn from his predecessors and ensure a good working relationship with his trade unions by arranging an early meeting."

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