Union calls on train service company to repay subsidies

Call centre jobs dealing with train inquiries should be kept in the UK, a union has demanded, or else the company involved should repay the millions of pounds in subsidies received from the taxpayer, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said.

The Trainline service is considering moving work from Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands to India, threatening hundreds of jobs.

“People don’t pay tax here to provide jobs abroad,” assistant general secretary, Manuel Cortes said.

“Either the government should insist on keeping the jobs in Scotland or we should get our money back.”

The Trainline centre is run by Vertex, which employs 260 workers in Dingwall and 150 in Edinburgh.

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