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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16004: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S5F-01881 by John Swinney on 16 November 2017 (Official Report, c. 20) regarding the ScotRail voluntary leaver scheme, in light of the Deputy First Minister's comment that Abellio ScotRail must fulfil its contractual obligations, whether it considers that the operator has done so by accepting severance applications from 17 of its 22 CCTV specialist staff.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 1 May 2018

The Franchise contract makes provision for management to pursue efficiency and effectiveness within its operation. It is for ScotRail to resolve this matter with Unions and staff consistent with its franchise obligations and within the commitment for no compulsory redundancies.

In total 9 "specialist CCTV staff" have left the company between the two centres through the Voluntary Leavers Scheme.

For clarity there is the equivalent of 61 full time posts within the CCTV centres at Paisley and Dunfermline.