Scotrail campaign at opening of Glasgow Queen Street
This morning, around 150 activists from ASLEF and our sister Scottish rail unions campaigned at the official opening of Glasgow Queen Street Station.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attended the opening but instead of coming to speak to campaigners and hear our calls for investment in Scotland's railway, she snuck through an alternative entrance to avoid us.
The Scottish Government has failed repeatedly to intervene in the ongoing disputes on the railway and it is clear that investing in and growing ScotRail in public hands is the best way to secure its future and have a railway in Scotland that works for people, not profit.
Plans to close ticket offices and cut staff will make taking the train less attractive, at a time when we need more people to use our railways as we recover from Covid-19. That's why ASLEF will continue to campaign for a fully funded, publicly owned and operated railway in Scotland.
ScotRail and the Scottish Government are proposing to cut 300 services each day - that's more than 100,000 trains each year. It's the wrong decision for businesses, passengers and for hard-working ScotRail staff who worked throughout the pandemic to keep key workers and goods moving around the country.
ASLEF and our sister unions - RMT, TSSA and Unite - wrote to the First Minister last week asking her to meet us at Bute House to discuss the future of rail services in Scotland.
In the year that Scotland hosts the COP26 climate conference, we will continue to hold the Scottish Government to account on its responsibilities to tackle the climate emergency and invest in our publicly owned railway rather than allowing people and goods to be driven back onto our roads.