Multiple ScotRail services cancelled amid ongoing pay dispute

Passengers were told there was a shortage of drivers as the country saw reduced services on Sunday.

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Multiple ScotRail services across Scotland faced disruption on Sunday amid an ongoing pay dispute.

Journeys throughout the country were cancelled with passengers told there was a shortage of drivers.

Services were either reduced to an hourly timetable or cancelled including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Alloa, Motherwell, Helensburgh, Milngavie and Larkhall.

It comes after union Aslef informed ScotRail on Friday it would recommend a ballot of its members for industrial action over a pay dispute.

The union confirmed some train drivers would no longer work extra Sunday shifts and overtime, which had a major impact on services across the country.

Kevin Lindsay, Aself’s organiser in Scotland, said the Scottish Government should have seen the issues a “mile down the track”.

He said: “The Scottish government should have seen these issues coming a mile down the tracks. It’s clear no lessons have been learned from the past. They have left Scotland’s railway workforce understaffed and overstretched.

“Goodwill from Scotland’s train drivers can only take you so far but you can’t run a safe and efficient railway seven days a week if you don’t employ appropriate numbers of staff and provide them with decent pay, terms and conditions.

“The Scottish Government is the sole shareholder of ScotRail yet have completely failed to address the driver shortage.

“This is a crisis entirely of their own making, and ultimately, passengers will be the ones who suffer.”

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