ScotRail, which has been taken over by the government, said it had reached a “breakthrough” in talks with Aslef. This came after its members refused to work overtime for the last two weeks, which caused 700 train services to be cancelled every day.
The train drivers’ union said that they had gained better pay for working on rest days, as well as no mandatory layoffs for the next five years and an upgraded incentive plan from the operator worth at least £2,340 per year.
Jenny Gilruth, who is in charge of transportation for the SNP, said again that she had nothing to do with the negotiations. However, Transport Scotland agreed to cover 2,2% of the increase because of the high cost of living.
Many of their members make significantly less than the £50,000-plus wages offered to train drivers. Therefore, unions representing nurses, police, teachers, and council employees are expected to respond in the aftermath of the 5% pay increase.
Following the unwillingness of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Finance Secretary Kate Forbes to engage in the blazing debate over local government pay, council chiefs throughout Scotland are alleged to be “extremely upset.”
“It’s clear the only language our political leaders understand is action,” said Keir Greenaway, Senior Organiser of GMB Scotland.
The Scottish rail union’s members recently voted on whether or not to go on strike, which will happen later this month.
Mr Greenway said, “Credit to Aslef members for standing together and fighting for what they feel they are worth.”
“Scottish government ministers can be assured that GMB members across local government are doing likewise to confront the cost of living crisis and to make work better.”