Unsurprisingly, the Telegraph’s Oliver Gill is not up-to-date on things Scottish.
Scotrail is a franchise. Franchising allows a private operator to provide rail services on the Scottish rail network on behalf of the Scottish Government.
In March 2022, the Scottish Government intends to bring the service within the public sector, run by an arm’s length company owned and controlled by the Scottish Government.
Even after March 2022, the First Minister and even less the SNP will have no part to play in pay settlements.
The Edinburgh Evening News / Scotsman, no friend of either, managed to report the same story with not one mention of them: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/scotrail-offer-staff-payrise-of-47-in-bid-to-stop-strikes-before-cop26-3415569?fbclid=IwAR13HhcjDS0Ew2uIBSyCSLTZteWnpvgmrNblcDPvfhQZ0LP5m7uW6Gmw4Ao
Oh yes, inflation-busting? 2.5% backdated to April this year and 2.2% in April 2022.
UK inflation up to August 2021 is 3% and is expected to rise in 2022: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/bulletins/consumerpriceinflation/august2021
Finally, taxpayer funded settlements?
Richard Murphy, one of the founders of the UK’s Tax Justice Network and author of The Joy of Tax, explains that “taxpayers’ money” is the money left in our pockets after we have paid taxes that are legally due. Money payable through taxes is the government’s property.https://theconversation.com/government-funds-are-not-taxpayer-money-media-and-politicians-should-stop-confusing-the-two-153195