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First Great Western – 2014 Pay Offer

28 May 2014

Time for you to tell the Company what you think about their derisible offer and their insulting treatment and game playing! Vote Yes, Yes today online!



In order to expedite this year’s pay negotiations and subsequent increase we sought your early views and submitted a concise 2014 pay claim on 20 January 2014.

On 26 February 2014 we met with the Company to present our pay claim and received a first offer of February’s RPI figure-2.7%. The unions were unanimous and confirmed to the Company that this offer was not adequate and did not meet our members’ aspirations for an above inflation pay increase. The Company took our position on board and agreed to approach the DfT once more to seek their agreement to make a higher offer.

On 26 March 2014 we met with the Company once more and were shocked when they re-submitted their previous offer of 2.7%. We repeated our position and they agreed once more to re-open discussions with the DfT.

On 22 May 2014 the Company provided us with a further pay update and confirmed that their previous offer of 2.7% was their final position. However if our members were willing to rescind their “Stood Off” terms and conditions and sign away one of the stages in the grievance process they would be willing to increase their offer to 2.85%! We were quite frankly shocked and disgusted at this latest tactic and that the Company see fit to bargain with our members’ terms and conditions and policies and procedures in exchange for such an offer-is this how little they value their staff?

Let us not forget that FGW have saved £800 million and still received the franchise extension. If that saving was split between all 5081 staff then based on FGW’s remuneration payments in the 2013 accounts they could afford to give you all a 434% wage rise! Yes, you read that correctly, FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY FOUR PERCENT! In the circumstances we don’t think it is unreasonable for them to give you an above inflation wage rise with no strings!

Only TSSA members will get a vote!

Taking your feedback on board we did everything in our power this year to speed the pay negotiations up. The Company on the other hand played insulting games hiding behind the DfT and presenting us with the same inadequate offer three times!

The Company has proven themselves to be very unreasonable in recent times riding rough shod over our cherished and hard fought for union agreements and making no attempt whatsoever to resolve important dispute items! Our members have reported to us that they are disgusted with the way that the Company treats them on a regular basis and are grateful for TSSA’s continued support and guidance in these tough times.

It is for these reasons that we feel we have no choice but to recommend that you reject this offer. Vote Yes, Yes!

Yes to reject the pay offer and Yes to be balloted for Industrial action to give us a strong position to come back around the negotiating table and secure a better deal.

Vote online by clicking here

Voting will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 17 June but we suggest that you vote today!

Please encourage your colleagues who are TSSA members to vote, the more TSSA members who vote the stronger our mandate. If you have colleagues who want their opinions known but aren’t a member of any trade union then please encourage them to join online and have their say.

They can have a voice by joining online using the following link:

Please note that we still have a number of rep positions vacant so contact Natalie Feeley if you are interested in playing a more active role in TSSA. You can contact Natalie via email by clicking here 

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