Caledonian sleeper

28 May 2014

Mick said: ‘ASLEF has natural concerns that, up to now, no one has taken on board the concerns of the staff who are currently involved, and their futures. We shall be contacting all parties on behalf of our members nationally who have delivered this service for years.’

Transport Scotland announced this morning that Serco, which already offers sleeper services in Australia, will take over the 15-year franchise from Aberdeen-based First Group in April 2015. The service connects Inverness, Fort William, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow with London.

Mick added: ‘Although Serco promised a distinctively Scottish service, we are disappointed to note that the new rolling stock will be bought from CAF in Spain. That does nothing for manufacturing in any part of Britain.’

Workers at depots in Warrington, Wembley, and Crewe, as well as Millerhill, Mossend, Queen Street and Fort William, are worried about what the future will mean for jobs on the service.

Mick said: ‘We believe in the railway, and the future of the railway in this country, and we believe in building a better railway to build a better Britain. But we need quality jobs, not zero hours contracts, and we need proper terms and conditions for the men and women who drive this vital service.’

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