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2011 Pay Review

3 May 2011

In line with the 2011-pay review, talks opened with Chiltern on 26 April. At the last pay round, the agreement reached with the unions incorporated a change to the pay anniversary date from 1 September to 1 April.

TSSA duly submitted our claim ahead of this review date which, was later followed up with the initial meeting arranged by Chiltern. The unions involved at these talks, TSSA, RMT and Unite, each presented their individual pay claims.

On behalf of all grades (except management staff, drivers and those on personal contracts) TSSA’s submission sought a substantial increase to rates of pay and allowances, including London Weighting where this applies. On behalf of members’, it was asked that the increase lead to a material improvement in the standard of living; that the increase takes into account February’s RPI (Retail Price Index) of 5.5%, company performance and other settlements within the rail industry.

Whilst, pay is obviously the main element of TSSA’s pay claim, we also sought improvements to staffs’ general terms and conditions, to meet with the aspirations of our members, in the following areas: -

- A comprehensive analysis of pay systems, grading structures and the operation of recruitment and selection
- Increase in Annual Leave entitlement
- A review of Equal Opportunities and diversity polices, with a view to raising standards
- A review of flexible working and family friendly polices, with a view to improving maternity, paternity, adoption and family leave arrangements and making access to flexible working open to all staff
- A review of the use of agencies and agency staff
- Improvements to travel facilities
- Agreement to open constructive talks in the lead up to the Olympic games and any impact this will have on staff employed at Chiltern

The above list is not exhaustive but summarises some of the priority areas.

An opening offer was made in the form of a two year deal with an increase of 2.5% in year 1 (2011 to 2012) and RPI plus 0.5% in year 2, (2012 to 2013). No response was given in respect of the other elements set out within our claim.

The offer has been rejected and TSSA has asked Chiltern to consider making an improved offer. A further meeting has been scheduled on 9 May. For further information, contact your TSSA Company council representative Leon Yearwood or, if you would like to get more involved, become a TSSA rep, or become a workplace contact, email geogheganw@tssa.org.uk]

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