The Aslef train drivers’ union is balloting its members on ScotRail in a dispute over disciplinary procedures.
The result will be announced on 14 November.
Kevin Lindsay, the Aslef district organiser for Scotland, said, “Drivers feel they are being treated like criminals. Even for the most minor incident they are suspended from duty and it can be at least two weeks before they are brought before a disciplinary hearing.”
Up to six drivers are thought to be have been suspended on full pay. Kevin Lindsay said, “First ScotRail is being too heavy handed. We are actively seeking talks in the hope we can avoid strikes.”
The union is disputing the application of a pay award made to Midland Mainline drivers in 2001.
Some 87 percent of Aslef members voted in favour of industrial action. The strike will hit the company’s services between Northamptonshire and London.