Scottish ministers are considering action against employers for docking the wages of staff who could not make it to work because of the bad weather.

The public was advised not to travel during the worst of the snow last week.

Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said he had been contacted by people who were facing disciplinary action or potential docking of wages.

He told the BBC that was not acceptable and he would look at the legal position.


“Armies” of local people have helped clear roads across Scotland, including in the village of Blanefield


The west coast mainline reopened between Scotland and Carlisle on Sunday evening.

ScotRail earlier said it had a “near-normal service” running across the country.

Many rural communities in south-west England which had been cut off by poor conditions can now be reached.

Workers ‘facing disciplinary action’

On Wednesday into Thursday, Scotland ground to a halt with a red weather warning in place and people told not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland programme, Mr Yousaf said: “I’d be extremely, extremely disappointed if employers chose to dock wages for somebody because they couldn’t travel during the red weather warning.”

Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland following a week of weather disruption

He said he had received emails from a number of people who were “facing disciplinary or potential docking of wages”.

He added: “Now that’s just simply not an acceptable situation, when the government and the police and other agencies joined together to give very crisp, very clear advice.”

Asked what action Mr Yousaf might take against employers, he responded: “I don’t know the legal position, but it will clearly be part of the debrief that we have after we pass through the yellow weather warning, which is late Monday night.”

The minister said the process would involve “talking to employers and having that dialogue with them, and internally looking at what powers we have is clearly part of the discussion we’re going to have”.

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