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Amey Pay and Conditions April Update

18 April 2019

Your reps reject Amey’s offer of a real-terms pay cut. Further talks scheduled. Limited progress on terms and conditions.

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Last month we reported that Amey cancelled two meetings to negotiate pay and conditions, due to increase on 1 March. Your reps met management on 9 April for their response to the claim for improvements we shared in February following consultation with members.

Management ruled out several elements of our claim, including a commitment to no compulsory redundancies. They proposed to make an offer to include our reps in a diversity and inclusion working group and to introduce a policy for homeworkers that included allowances to compensate staff for costs associated with homeworking.

Real-terms pay cut rejected, further talks scheduled

Amey offered a 2.25% salary increase with a minimum underpin of £600. As in previous years, members have a clear expectation of an above inflation pay increase linked to RPI, using the January RPI figure, which was 2.5%.

Union representatives rejected the offer and proposed a 3.5% increase with a minimum underpin of £1,000 and the application of improved terms and conditions for staff at risk of redundancy, based on the “Red Book” Promotion, Transfer, Resettlement and Redundancy (PTR&R) terms and conditions negotiated with British Rail that currently only apply to those who have continuity of service since our railways were privatised. In the event of redundancy, PTR&R could give members a significant increase to redundancy pay, and protections in the event of transfer, compared to the conditions typically offered by Amey.

Management agreed to meet us for further talks on 29 April. We anticipate an improved offer and will report any progress to members. If we receive a serious offer, TSSA members will be asked to vote to accept or reject by a referendum which will determine our position in negotiations.

Fighting for collective bargaining in Amey Consulting.

Since our Amey Consulting members won the right to collective bargaining in 2012 your reps have had to fight many battles to achieve and retain many rights that were conferred by the company when they signed a collective bargaining agreement in 2013.For years your reps have been promised that Amey will provide terms and conditions for all roles to ensure that new starters are treated fairly and consistently. After Amey failed to meet an agreed deadline, we were forced to make a formal complaint to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), a tribunal non-departmental public body with the power to resolve collective disputes. Within 24 hours of issuing the complaint, we received a document outlining terms and conditions for most affected roles.

Initial progress but help needed!

Our reps have already identified several errors and omissions and intend to work with Amey to ensure T&Cs are fit for purpose. As most reps are examiners or surveyors we are looking for staff familiar with other consulting roles to help review T&Cs. To volunteer or for information speak to a rep or email barrowm@tssa.org.uk.

To have a say on pay and conditions, colleagues can join online at www.tssa.org.uk/join

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