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ScotRail train drivers approve new pay deal

ScotRail train at Queen Street station in Glasgow

Train drivers in Scotland have voted to accept a new pay offer from ScotRail.

They would get a five percent increase in basic pay for the fiscal year 2023/24.

Tthe increase will start on April 1, and drivers will see an additional one percent rise from October 1. 

The Aslef union said 75 percent of its members at ScotRail supported the deal.

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Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF's Scottish organiser, said: "This is a resounding vote in favour of accepting the improved pay offer and it shows the importance of a positive approach to industrial relations.

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"It is now high time that the Rail Delivery Group and the Tory government do the same in England and negotiate respectfully and with a willingness to pay our members what they need and deserve."

Aslef members had been participating in overtime bans as part of a broader pay dispute across the UK. 

This development comes after the RMT and Unite unions, representing conductors, engineers, station staff, and others, also accepted a comparable offer earlier this summer.

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David Simpson, ScotRail service delivery director, said the ASLEF deal would help deliver "more certainty" on the country's railways.

He added: "The focus of everyone at ScotRail is on delivering a safe, reliable, and green service for our customers.

"We are grateful to our trade union colleagues for their constructive approach to negotiations, which has resulted in a well-deserved pay increase for our staff, while delivering value for the taxpayer in the challenging financial environment in which the railway operates."

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