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Ban on on-call duties at Network Rail

17 August 2016

Over 200 key maintenance engineers will begin a ban on on call duties next week in a row over work/life balance at Network Rail.

The ban, beginning on Wednesday August 24, means the engineers will not take out of hours calls at nights or at weekends, said their union the TSSA today.

The move, which could mean delays in overnight work on the network, could lead to delays during the morning rush hour, said union general secretary Manuel Cortes.

He added:"The on call duties that our members carry out contributes significantly to the safe running of our railways. While passengers sleep, they are taking calls and visiting sites in the middle of the night to ensure that the railways can be open for the morning commute.

"But the company has failed to recognise the significant impact that this can have on our members, their families and their home lives. They deserve to be valued and recognised for their essential role in keeping the network running."

The union is in dispute with NR over the payments it makes to the engineers for on call duties.

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