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Colas Rail 2016 Pay Award

22 April 2016

TSSA have had two meetings at which we reminded the company we were looking for a substantial pay increase for our members.

 

In particular, we reminded them the type wage increases we are seeing in the rail industry. In response Colas Rail stated they were under financial restrictions and had to remain competitive within the rail industry.

In response, the company made a first offer of a 0.25% for 2016, CPI +0.5% for 2017 and CPI+1.5% for 2018, which was rejected by TSSA. The TSSA drew to the company’s attention that we do not recognise CPI as inflation reckoner in the rail industry. This is because it is historically CPI is a lower figure that the RPI inflation reckoner, and currently CPI is 1% below RPI. We have now received another improved, final offer as follows:

Ø 2.0% Increase in salaries form the 1 April 2016.

Ø February RPI +0.5% Increase in salaries from 1 April 2017 with a minimum increase of 2% and maximum increase of 2.5%

Ø February RPI +0.5% Increase in salaries from 1 April 2018 with a minimum increase of 2% and maximum increase of 3.25%

Ø A commitment to review of current terms & conditions in Rail services.

TSSA now considers this offer to be acceptable and believe the deal will benefit our members, as it gives an above inflation pay increase for 2016 by 0.9% (February RPI was 1.1%), and guarantees a further pay increase in 2017 and 2018. TSSA, with the support of our representatives intend to accept this offer but, before doing so, would welcome your views. Please contact me (andersoni@tssa.org.uk) before the 29th April 2016 if you have any comments.

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