I am pleased to advise you that after extended discussions by your negotiating team proposals have been put forward that the Union feels are acceptable.

This agreement has been reached as a result of your determination to fight to protect your hard won terms and conditions and just as importantly your role within the industry. This is more than just a victory for Scotrail it is a victory in defence of the Role of the Guard and a step forward in our continuing campaign against Driver Only Operation. This agreement will be welcomed by passengers and members alike. I give below the full details of the agreement.

“Proposal for Conversion of Existing Diesel Routes for Electric Rolling Stock

This principal agreement applies to ScotRail EMU services that will operate on the following newly electrified routes:-

•           Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High;
•           Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts;
•           Edinburgh to Dunblane;
•           Glasgow to Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa;
•           Glasgow to Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk Grahamston.

This proposal will also apply to existing EMU services that are Conductor operated and part of the North Berwick – Carstairs – Glasgow routes. It is the intention to put longer formations on this line of route.

All of the above specified EMU services will operate as conventionally staffed with a competent Conductor on board.

This agreement retains conventional staffing of the electric trains on the above routes.

We have instructed Hitachi to fit door control panels to Class 385 rolling stock.

On these services we suggest that: -

•    Upon the train coming to a stand in the correct position at the platform the Driver will provide door release to the train.
•    It will be the responsibility of the conductor to carry out train dispatch duties and close the doors. Once the doors have been closed and a train safety check is complete the conductor will confirm to the driver that it is safe to depart.
•    The conductor will have the facility to re-energise the doors.
•    Before taking power, drivers must only start the train if safe to do so as per the rule book instructions for drivers.
•    Safety validation process will be undertaken as per normal procedures.

            All other ScotRail services will continue to be dispatched under existing arrangements.

This Principal Agreement confirms that the letter dated 1st August 2016, from Phil Verster, Managing Director to Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary remains effective.

            for your information that is:-

1.         Guaranteed a Guard on every new electrified train.
 2.        Guaranteed that the Conductor will retain their full competency (rules, track safety, evacuation.
 In addition Scotrail confirm that trains operating these services will not run without a competent conductor on board.

These arrangements transfer as per all other Collective Agreements at the end of the franchise.

The National Executive Committee has decided to hold an urgent referendum and voting papers will be despatched to your home address tomorrow, the referendum will close on Tuesday 4th October 2016. The National Executive Committee recommend you accept the new proposals.  

Once again congratulations on your determination to defend your role. It was without doubt the magnificent display of solidarity and determination that you and your colleagues have shown that has enabled your negotiators to reach this position.

Best wishes


Mick Cash
General Secretary