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2010 Pay Award

22 December 2010

Those of you with good memories will remember that I wrote to you enclosing a referendum on the 7th May 2010 outlining the offer of a pay rise of 1%, that offer was cleanly rejected.

Since that date the TSSA has been pursuing Colas Rail to reconvene pay talks which they did in July 2010 where we clearly stated that 1% pay rise was unacceptable. Colas Rail took our submission away and has just, despite TSSA requesting their final offer on numerous occasions, given a formal offer this week. In that offer they reiterated the following:

- 21% efficiency saving required by their main clients Network Rail resulting in cost savings required delivering current contracts.
- Tight marketplace requiring very cost effective bids to secure work.
- Massive financial commitment to a voluntary redundancy scheme in track renewals, which resulted in additional cost of £500,000 to avoid compulsory redundancies.

The TSSA drew to the company’s attention during the discussions that inflation in February 2010 had been at 3.7%, this being the month the railway industry uses for a April anniversary date. The employees had seen significant productivity imposed on the grades following the redundancies created by Colas Rail during 2009.

The Offer



1.5% increase to basic wages as of 1st April 2010 for all staff part of the collective bargaining agreement.

Following careful consideration by the TSSA Company Council they believe that they cannot recommend this offer, as they believe that 1.5% below our members expectations, but believe the members should decide.

TSSA believe acceptance or not should be following a referendum of TSSA membership within Colas Rail. Please return the referendum (circulated to members) to TSSA Walkden House 10 Melton Street London NW1 2EJ by first post on Tuesday 4th January 2011.

If a TSSA member colleague has not received the referendum they should contact TSSA immediately on andersoni@tssa.org.uk]

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