Train drivers reject ScotRail 'below inflation' pay deal in ballot

The ASLEF union say the offer fell below inflation levels and called for pay talks with bosses to reopen.

Train drivers with ASLEF union reject ScotRail pay deal amid soaring food, fuel and energy costs iStock

Train drivers have rejected a pay offer from ScotRail.

Members of trade union ASLEF have voted to reject an offer which they said falls below the current inflation levels.

A ballot revealed 51.6% of members voted against the deal, which included a 5% pay increase, with the union now calling for pay talks to be reopened immediately.

ASLEF Scotland organiser, Kevin Lindsay said: “ASLEF members have carefully considered the most recent offer from ScotRail and through our democratic process have voted to reject this below-inflation offer. 

“Like other workers, our members are experiencing the impact of rocketing food, fuel and energy costs.

“But we also know the important service Scotland’s train drivers provide and that’s why we are calling for pay talks with ScotRail to begin again immediately so we can take forward meaningful discussion on fair pay.”

David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, said: “It is incredibly disappointing that ASLEF members have voted against this offer.

“The offer was a strong one, which gives drivers a well-deserved pay rise while also delivering good value for the taxpayer.

“We remain committed to working with ASLEF to agree a pay deal for our drivers.”

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