ASLEF: Keeping the trains running in Scotland for key workers
Jim Baxter, ASLEF's executive committee member for Scotland, said:
'The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone, everywhere. Not just in Scotland, of course, but right around the world. The pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, including, and perhaps especially, the way we work.
'In the wake of the problems caused by the pandemic ASLEF has agreed to move the end date of the current rest day working agreement from 30 January this year to 30 October.
'ASLEF has a long-standing agreement with ScotRail, going back many years, that allows drivers to work their days off, if they choose. This Rest Day Working agreement helps facilitate the recruitment of drivers; the training of new drivers; and, also, the training of experienced drivers on new routes and tractions. We need to make sure that the railway in Scotland is properly equipped and ready to get all training up and running as soon as it is safe to do so.
'We are also aware of the vital role our members – the train drivers at ScotRail – play in making sure key and essential workers can get to and from their place of work. By making sure this current agreement continues, we can help make that happen.'