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Cross Country Trains: 2012 Pay Offer

22 May 2012

Following several meetings to discuss this years pay, the Company have now made their full and final pay offer for those staff covered by TSSA's collective bargaining agreement, they are: former Central Trains Driver and Conductor Managers, clerical and admin staff and management staff whose salary is below £27,113.

The pay offer is an increase to basic salaries of 3.6% with effect from 1st April 2012.

Those staff who fall outside of TSSA’s collective bargaining agreement, the Company have advised us that they will not apply the 3.6% across the board to all staff as they have done in previous years. Instead they will seek to award individual pay on individual performance. Obviously TSSA is very concerned with this approach, as it means the whole process is shrouded in secrecy and no one knows what the other person may be getting. It is also unclear as to what criteria the Company will use to decide who gets what. However the main concern has to be that potentially not everyone will get a pay award this year.

Individual pay performance can lead to discriminatory behaviour by an employer and can therefore impact on equality legislation. For example, a classic scenario is one where men end up being better paid than women employees and lower paid staff do not see a real cost of living increase applied to them compared with high earner colleagues. Anyone who fails to receive a pay award equivalent to 3.6% could raise an individual grievance. TSSA would like to hear from members who either receive less than 3.6% or receive no pay award at all. Of course we would also like to hear from members who receive more than the 3.6% too.

Your negotiating team believes the 3.6% pay offer represents a fair deal and will therefore accept this pay award on behalf of members who are covered by collective bargaining.

If you require any further information on this circular please contact your staff reps, Alan Archer and Neil Wignall. Please also discuss the contents of this circular with your colleagues and encourage non-members to join, the more members we have the stronger we are in the workplace. If any one wants to become a member please call the membership hotline on 020 7529 8018 or join on-line at www.tssa.org.uk

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