A BREAKTHROUGH has been made in the ScotRail train drivers pay dispute that has led to thousands of services axed in a temporary timetable.

Union negotiators have today agreed a 5% pay offer with ScotRail.

Aslef said it is recommending the deal to members which also includes increased allowances for Sunday working and a commitment to look at Sundays being brought into the working week.

The deal will be put to the workers in a referendum and its executive committee will meet next week, on Wednesday, meaning the disruption to services will continue for at least another six days.

Drivers had decided not to work overtime on rest days leading to ScotRail to announce a temporary timetable which meant trains stopped earlier in the evening.

Kevin Lindsay, Aslef Scottish organiser, said: “The offer on pay has been increased to 5% and we have received improved offers on pay for rest day working, Sunday working allowances, driving instructor allowances, maternity pay and an extension of no compulsory redundancies to five years.

"There has also been an improved proposal around the non-consolidated revenue scheme.

“The Joint Working Party will also be looking at Sundays being part of the working week subject to negotiations by December 2027 as per the Aslef charter.

“All these proposals, we believe, represent a breakthrough and significant progress and is a recognition of the vital role our members play for society and the economy.”

ScotRail said basic pay for drivers (excluding trainees and those who are newly qualified) would increase by more than £2600, taking the salary to £55,264.

David Simpson, service delivery director at ScotRail, said: “We’ve made a really good offer which recognises the cost-of-living challenges faced by families across the country and delivers good value for the public.

“The feedback we’ve had from many drivers is that they recognise we have made a series of very good offers and we are pleased they will get a say in a referendum.

“The railway plays a vital role in growing the economy and connecting communities. Now more than ever we all need to work together to attract more people to the railway as we recover from the impact of the pandemic.”