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Colas Rail TUPE transfer Docklands Light Railway to Keolis/Amey Docklands (KAD)

10 November 2014

TSSA was recently informed by Colas Rail of the transfer of Docklands Light Railway contract to Keolis/Amey Docklands (KAD). Part of the transfer process requires consultation to take place with representatives of the employees – the trade unions.


A meeting occurred with joint representation of Colas Rail and Keolis/Amey. Although this meeting could not be classed as the first of the consultation meetings, because Colas Rail have not received their termination of contract yet from TFL, the meeting will be documented as a part of the process. A number of assurances were sought from Keolis/Amey following the transfer which possibly will take place at 02.00 hours on the 7 December 2014. Set out below are the responses from the employer to various issues raised:

1) Employees will be employed by a new entity Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD).

2) Employees will retain their existing terms and conditions.

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

4) KAD will be looking to harmonise policies and procedures, they will respond at the next meeting regarding the post-transfer continuation of Colas Rail Policies and Procedures.

5) They are looking into the protected status employees being able to continue in Railways Pension Scheme (RPS) and will respond at the next meeting.

6) Those currently in the Colas Rail Defined Contribution scheme will be allowed to join the Amey Defined Contribution Scheme and they will match the current contribution rates.

7) They informed us that they are outsourcing the electrical maintenance work to MJ Quinn which will mean a separate TUPE meeting between Colas Rail and MJ Quinn, they were also going to look at the facilities roles as well in regard to a transfer to MJ Quinn but that will depend on examination of the job specifications.

8) BR protected employees transferring will retain their travel facilities. All employees transferring into KAD will get an Oyster card for themselves and one other family member and 75% subsidised season tickets.

9) They will require employees to transfer from monthly pay to four weekly pay and also for those currently on four weekly pay the new employer does not have the same four weekly pay cycles, and over time cycle. Therefore we have requested at the next meeting we have proposals to how the transfer of pay dates will be done and request that no one is put at a financial disadvantage as a result of the transfer.

10) New PPE, mobile phones, lap tops and vehicles will be matter of discussion between Colas Rail and KAD, again they will report at the next meeting the logistics required over the transfer.

11) KAD is in discussion with Colas Rail regarding work locations, but KAD would not be looking to move employees from Poplar.

12) KAD would honour for transferring employees the existing 2 year pay deal the trade unions have with Colas Rail for the April 2015 anniversary for employees.

13) The subsidised canteen will continue.

14) KAD will be moving to introduction of Senital Cards and also registering with CSCS a construction industry requirement.

15) KAD will respond at the next meeting on whether the transfer has been safety validated.

There will be further consultation meetings on this transfer and also there is now a need to start a consultation process that involves those that transfer to MJ Quinn. KAD will meet transferring employees on a one to one basis before the date of transfer, if they request it. 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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