ScotRail train drivers accept new pay deal
ScotRail drivers have accepted a five per cent pay rise, the Aslef trade union has confirmed.
A reduced timetable has been in place across the country for almost two months as a result of a dispute over pay and staffing, with drivers unwilling to do overtime.
Around 700 services were slashed when the dispute began in May and the Scottish Government announced an emergency programme for the nationalised rail franchise.
If drivers now begin doing overtime again, the full timetable could be reinstated within 10 days.
The new deal will give drivers a five per cent pay uplift and more money for rest day and Sunday shifts. Driving instructor and maternity pay will also increase. It includes a provision for no compulsory redundancies for the next five years.
Aslef Scottish organiser Kevin Lindsay said: "Following a ballot on the improved offer negotiated with ScotRail, Aslef members have voted to accept the proposals on pay and conditions.
Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth said managers are "working at pace to reintroduce the normal timetable".
David Simpson, service delivery director at ScotRail, said: "All parties involved have worked hard to find an agreement that recognises the hard work of staff and the financial challenges faced by the railway as we look to recover from the pandemic.
"ScotRail, our staff and customers want to have a reliable, efficient and sustainable railway that supports the economy and connects communities across the country. This deal is a significant step towards delivering that."