Keith Baker: I'm a rail commuter - it's time to admit ScotRail is broken
Rail commuter Dr Keith Baker, researcher in fuel poverty at Glasgow Caledonian University (writing in a personal capacity), says the decline in the quality of service provided by ScotRail has reached such depths he has taken to complaining directly to Abellio and Scottish Government Ministers
SCOTRAIL is broken. Since Dutch-owned Abellio took over the franchise in May 2015 the services have been heading towards a cliff.
Petition launched for ‘People’s ScotRail’ as prices set to rise as service quality declines
Kids Go Free Scheme also set to be scrapped
THE head of the TSSA railways union has said “passengers deserve better than higher prices for worse services”, as it launches a petition for public ownership of ScotRail.
The petition was created as it was announced that rail prices are set to rise with the RPI rate of inflation of 3.1 per cent in the new year, despite what the union calls “the worst year of service to Scotland’s rail passengers in ScotRail’s privatised history”.
TSSA warns of ‘Winter of Discontent’ as Holyrood votes against ScotRail nationalisation
Rail union condemns SNP for siding with the Tories in favour of not activating the break clause, while Labour are accused of “rank hypocrisy”
A SCOTTISH LABOUR PROPOSAL aiming to compel the Scottish Government to exercise a break clause in ScotRail’s contract, end Abellio’s franchise and move towards nationalisation was defeated today (14 November), eliciting condemnation from the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association trade union.
Own goal: Abellio-funded report seeking to undermine case for public ownership shows support for public-run rail
Abellio commissioned report signals attempted fightback against demands for public control
A NEW report authored by former UK transport minister Tom Harris and commissioned by ScotRail operator Abellio has found considerable support for public ownership of Scottish rail, despite an evident attempt to offset this demand against rail improvements.
Unions rally for “golden opportunity” of ScotRail public ownership
Successful public ownership bid would represent a bridgehead for the bringing of rail back into public control across UK
RAIL union leaders and activists have hailed a “golden opportunity” to bring Scotrail back into public ownership, a move they believe could have far-reaching implications for the struggle to bring the entire UK rail network under public control.
RMT announces strike days on Scotrail trains over driver only extension fears
Strike prepared amid concerns over “scab army” operation
THE RAIL MARITIME AND TRANSPORT workers union (RMT) has announced the dates for its strike action over fears that Scotrail intends to extend its use of Driver Only Operated (DOO) trains.
The first 24 hours of strike will commence on Tuesday 21 June, and Thursday 23 June and will be followed by 48 hour strike the 25 and 26 of June. Further strike days are scheduled for 3, 10 and 17 July.
RMT official: Removing guards from trains will threaten safety of passengers
RMT preparing to ballot it’s members for strike action
THE RAIL WORKER’S UNION has insisted that it is balloting for strike action between May and June in order to prevent the extension of changes to train services it believes are dangerous to the public.
The RMT has provided Abellio, which owns Scotrail, with notice of a ballot for strike action, voting for which will open on 24 May and close on 7 June for train guards.
Sunday service reduction leads to calls to take back rail franchise
Train drivers union Aslef says that new contractors Abellio have not been negotiating fairly
SUNDAY rail services in Scotland are set to be reduced due to an ongoing pay dispute with drivers, leading to calls for the government to take back the Scotrail franchise.
Train drivers union Aslef has said Dutch company Abellio, which was controversially awarded the Scotrail contract by the Scottish Government last year, has not been negotiating fairly.
RMT call for public enquiry as scandal hits Abellio parent firm
The Abellio chief executive has been dismissed from his post over "irregularies"
THE RMT has called for a public inquiry into the awarding of the Scotrail franchise to Abellio after scandal hit its parent company Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS).
Abellio chief executive Jeff Hoogesteger was dismissed from his post last Friday without severance pay, following reports of irregularities and dawn raids at NS. He had been based at Abellio's Glasgow office.