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2011 Management Staff Pay Referendum

13 September 2011

A number of further meetings have been held in an effort to progress the 2011 pay claim for management staff with a 1 July pay anniversary. Unfortunately, these discussions have not resulted in the Company revising its original offer to increase basic pay by 3.5%. However, the Company has agreed to commence harmonisation discussions for both Driver Managers and Conductor Managers in response to our concerns over the impact of the recent Driver and Conductor harmonisation agreements.

The main points of the offer are as follows:

  • 3.5% increase to basic pay
  • An additional day’s leave for the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012
  • Harmonisation discussions for Driver Managers
  • Harmonisation discussions for Conductor Managers

Whilst welcoming the commitment to enter into harmonisation discussions for Driver Managers and Conductor Managers, your negotiating team again expressed our disappointment at the offer, especially due to the fact that other staff have received a much more favourable 3-year settlement. This will result in further erosion of pay differentials and make both retention and recruitment into management grades increasingly problematic as the package becomes relatively less attractive. In addition to this, both Driver Manager and Conductor Manager grades will now receive lesser benefits than the staff they manage as a direct result of recent harmonisation agreements covering Drivers and Conductors, at least until the promised harmonisation discussions are concluded. We re-stated our concern that once again, managers were being made to pay for more generous increases elsewhere within the Company while at the same time being expected to give their continued commitment and support. We reminded them that this was unsustainable and incompatible with a situation where managers believe they are being treated by the Company as second-class citizens.

Your negotiating team believe that nothing further can be gained through negotiation at this time, and that members must be prepared to support industrial action if there is to be any prospect of improving the Company’s offer. As there are specific issues concerning Driver Managers and Conductor Managers, we are asking you to advise us of your grade group by ticking the appropriate box on the referendum paper. This will allow us to clearly establish the wishes of each group of members and consider the most appropriate response to the Company’s offer. You will find a referendum paper enclosed with this circular, which you are asked to complete and return as instructed to arrive no later than noon Friday 30th September 2011. Please take this opportunity to use your vote and have your say.

If you require any further information on the contents of this circular please contact the TSSA reps dealing with this matter (Steve Hewitt and Colin Mytton) in the first instance. Please also discuss the contents of this circular with your colleagues, and encourage any non-members to join. The more members we have, the stronger our negotiating position becomes. Membership application forms can be obtained from your TSSA reps. Alternatively, call the membership hotline on 020 7529 8018 or join on-line by clicking here.

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