Murdo Fraser MSP has called on ScotRail not to axe posts at its travel shop in Perth following fears that job losses may be in the offing.
The Scottish Conservative politician was reacting to concerns raised by members of The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) that 15 jobs could be axed at ScotRail travel shops across the country.
The unions have said they are preparing to ballot their members on possible strike action due to the planned cuts, which could see posts go at the travel shop at Perth Rail Station.
Mr Fraser has previously slammed ScotRail after constituents in Perthshire and Fife contacted him to complain about cancelled trains, delayed services and overcrowded trains. And he feels this latest announcement could damage the reputation of the underfire company even more.
Commenting, Mr Fraser said: “The possibility that Perth could be one of the rail travel shops at risk is concerning. You would think with all the bad publicity that ScotRail attracts, especially after the chaos experienced last weekend at Edinburgh Waverley station, they would be doing all they can to invest in their staff.
“From personal experience, there are often times at Perth rail station when they could do with more ticket staff to help queues of customers, so any plan to cut the number of employees working at ScotRail travel shops must be regarded as a retrograde step.”
He continued: “ScotRail have argued that more passengers are buying their tickets online or using self-service machines but these are not always the best options if you want to know when the next train will be leaving for your destination or if there is a queue at the self-service machine.”
ScotRail has said it will carry out an investigation into the disruption experienced by hundreds of commuters recently at Edinburgh Waverley station .when passengers were told to make alternative travel arrangements as trains were cancelled or too full to accept more people at their calling points.