Union welcomes Scottish Co-operative Party calls for suspension of ScotRail franchise process

03 October 2014

ASLEF has today welcomed the Scottish Co-operative Party’s support for the suspension of the ScotRail franchise process until the new powers for the Scottish Parliament are settled. The Co-op’s demand comes following a similar call by unions and politicians earlier this week.

Earlier this year ASLEF and the Scottish Co-operative Party produced proposals for a not-for-profit mutual operator to gain the ScotRail franchise and run it along co-operative lines.

ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘I welcome the Scottish Co-operative Party’s call for the suspension of the Scotrail franchising process. It makes no sense to proceed with this until the new devolution settlement has been agreed.

Cathy Peattie, Chair of the Scottish Co-operative Party, said, ‘I am happy to back the call from the rail unions for the ScotRail franchise process to be suspended until the new powers being given to the Scottish Parliament are clear and are in place. It is clear that there is strong support for more power over rail franchises to be held by the Scottish Parliament. Therefore it makes no sense for the decision on the future of ScotRail to be made before these powers are transferred.’

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