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Balfour Beatty Rail Employees TUP Transfer to Colas Rail

12 June 2014

TSSA was recently informed by Balfour Beatty Rail of the transfer of plain line and S&C renewals from Anglia, Kent and Sussex areas to Colas Rail


Part of the transfer process requires consultation to take place with representatives of the employees – the trade unions. This meeting occurred with joint representation of Balfour Beatty and Colas Rail. A number of assurances were sought from Colas Rail following the transfer which possibly will take place at 00.00 hours on the 29 July 2014. Set out below are the responses from the employer to various issues raised:

1) Employees will retain their existing terms and conditions.

2) Collective bargaining representation will be retained by the trade unions on behalf of employees.

3) Colas will respond at the next meeting regarding the post-transfer continuation of Balfour Beatty Policies and Procedures.

4) Only protected status employees will be able to join the Colas Rail Section of the Railways Pension Scheme (RPS). TSSA objected strongly to this and argued that this should apply to all those currently contributing to the RPS regardless of protection status, including those who have an ‘indefeasible right’. Colas will give their response on this at the next meeting.

5) Those currently in the Balfour Beatty Defined Contribution scheme will be allowed to join the Colas Defined Contribution Scheme.

6) There are no proposals to change the current structure or numbers of employees.

7) BR protected employees transferring will retain their travel facilities.

8) The same four weekly pay cycles, and over time cycle will continue.

9) New PPE, mobile phones, lap tops and vehicles will be provided to use on the first day of the transfer. Colas will also look at whether an individual has a contractual right to a company car or whether it is a requirement of their job. Where currently a van provided, this will continue. Company policy is that vans can be taken home but must only be used for company business.

10) Colas Rail is in discussion with Network Rail and Balfour Beatty regarding work locations, but Colas would not be looking to move employees from existing locations.

11) Colas will respond at the next meeting on the future of training for transferring employees.

12) Balfour Beatty will respond at the next meeting on what happens regarding current employees transferring who participate in the share save scheme.

13) Colas’ preference is to use its own direct labour workforce. However, they acknowledge they may need to use contractors at the start of the new contact because they need to fulfil contractual obligations.

14) Balfour Beatty said they want to try and resolve all vacancies’ issues before the date of the transfer, especially where this involves long standing Higher Grade Pay cover and arrears of pay.

15) The transfer has been safety validated.

Representatives from Colas Rail will meet transferring employees on a one to one basis before the date of transfer. Any members with any further questions should not hesitate to contact the TSSA helpdesk or their representatives on this matter. I will also inform you of further consultation meetings due to take place.

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