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Amey Profits De-Railed In Pay Dispute With Rail Union

1 August 2011

Rail engineering firm Amey has lost over £200,000 in cancelled and delayed work because of its pay dispute over a 1% pay offer, the TSSA rail union revealed today.

A two week overtime ban by 1500 staff has meant weekend maintenance work has been cancelled at Whitehill in Wooton Basset, Marylebone in London and at Rugeley in Staffordshire.

The cancelled track re-laying work at Whitehill has left the company with a £150,000 financial headache, said the union.

Manuel Cortes, TSSA deputy leader, urged bosses who awarded themselves bonuses of 20% last year to get back around the table.

"All staff at the main offices in Bristol, Swindon, Birmingham and York are fully backing the dispute which is now seriously beginning to bite.

"Shareholders must wonder why people at the top can reward themselves so well while those on the ground who maintain the national rail network are offered so little."

Talks between the two sides broke down at ACAS last month after management refused to improve its offer.

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