ASLEF: A victory for common sense

24 July 2019

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has welcomed the Scottish Government's decision not to press on with its proposed merger of the British Transport Police and Police Scotland.


Kevin Lindsay, the union's organiser in Scotland, said: 'We are delighted that Humza Yousaf has announced that the BTP will not now be merged with Police Scotland.


'As we have said consistently – and we have been supported by everyone who knows anything about the railway in Scotland – it would not have worked.


'The railway needs officers who understand the way the railway works, and how to keep rail workers – on trains and at stations – as well as passengers safe.


'We have lobbied the SNP government hard since it announced its plans, and we are delighted that Humza Yousaf has listened to what we had to say. It is, frankly, a victory for common sense.'

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