ScotRail agrees pay deal with train drivers' union Aslef
Government-owned train operator ScotRail has agreed a pay deal with train drivers' union Aslef that will pave the way for an end to the disruption currently being experienced on Scotland's railways.
The rail operator, which in February cut 250 services from its pre-pandemic timetable, was taken under government control at the beginning of April.
Last month it cut around 700 further services, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressing that a temporary timetable was deemed necessary to help deal with the staff shortages that resulted when drivers stopped taking on overtime or rest day working as part of the pay dispute.
Yesterday Aslef, which previously rejected offers of 2.2 per cent and 4.2 per cent, said it would recommend that its members accept the enhanced 5 per cent offer.
Kevin Lindsay, Aslef's Scotland organiser, hailed the new deal as representing a "breakthrough" in the dispute.
"The offer on pay has been increased to 5 per cent and we have received improved offers on pay for rest day working, Sunday working allowances, driving instructor allowances, maternity pay and an extension of no compulsory redundancies to five years," he said.
"All these proposals, we believe, represent a breakthrough and significant progress and is a recognition of the vital role our members play for society and the economy."
David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, said: "We've made a really good offer which recognises the cost of living challenges faced by families across the country and delivers good value for the public."