Aberdeenshire UNISON statement in the wake of the tragic train derailment

Aberdeenshire UNISON sends our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives in the tragic train derailment earlier today.

Our thoughts are also with those injured in this incident. We send solidarity to our colleague trade unions in the transport sector, including ASLEF and RMT, whose members have been caught up in this terrible incident.

We thank the emergency services for their work in the aftermath of the derailment, which has come on the back of a busy night dealing with flooding in the wake of the torrential rain and thunderstorms.

We also thank council staff who have once again risen to the challenge to support and safeguard communities in Aberdeenshire and the North East as a result of this weather event.