Scottish Transport Minister must act to end violence

11 August 2017

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called on Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf to act to end the violence and anti-social behaviour plaguing passengers and staff on trains and stations. The union has warned that members are ready to refuse to work these services unless something is done.

Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘There has been a continuous rise in violence and anti-social behaviour against rail staff on trains and at stations on services from Glasgow Queen Street to Helensburgh and Balloch. As a union, we believe it is imperative that the Transport Minister takes urgent action to ensure that passengers and rail staff are safe.’

Kevin has called on the minister to ensure every train has at least two members of staff on board; to increase the presence of British Transport Police on trains and at Helensburgh and Balloch stations; to back restraining orders for repeat offenders; to support staff who refuse to work trains west of Dumbarton; and to attend a multi-agency meeting on Tuesday in Helensburgh organised by Jackie Ballie MSP.

‘Our members are at the end of their tether and getting ready to refuse to work on these services,’ said Kevin. ‘There are real concerns that a member of the public, or a rail worker, is going to get seriously injured or worse. As a union we will be seeking legal advice on our ability to use current laws to take action against the individuals, their parents or guardians, including the local council, Scottish government and ScotRail over past and any future physical or verbal assaults on our members. So an urgent response is needed from the minister before a community loses its rail services and, more importantly, a rail worker is seriously hurt or worse.’

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