Date lodged: 5 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether Abellio ScotRail is required to consult trade unions representing ScotRail staff when carrying out its commitment under Schedule 1.6, Part 1, reference 24.18 of the franchise agreement to train prisoners from Scotland.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 19 June 2017
Training for Scottish Prisoners is a Committed Obligation in the ScotRail Franchise Agreement, which was introduced by ScotRail in compliance with the specified date of 1 June, 2016 and is continuing to operate. As such, industrial relations issues, including consultation with trade unions representing ScotRail staff in connection with this Committed Obligation is a matter for ScotRail and the unions involved.