RAIL union RMT asked for urgent talks yesterday on the prospect of ScotRail being brought into public ownership due to the “disastrous performance” of operator Abellio.
RMT made the call in a letter to Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf after he made it clear at the weekend that he was prepared to strip Abellio of the franchise and take Scotrail into the public sector.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said Mr Yousaf had “fired the starting gun on a programme for bringing Scotrail into the public sector and it’s now time for his words to be turned into action.”
Mr Cash called for “decisive action to repair the damage and look to a future under public ownership and public control” after months of delays and breakdowns on ScotRail.
“Any failure to now deliver, and any dragging of heels, would rightly provoke a massive public backlash,” he said.
RMT wants talks to create a “model for a modern, publicly owned railway that brings a halt to two decades of fragmentation and profiteering.”