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First ScotRail News

10 April 2012

News about this yearÂ’s 3.9% annual pay increase from April, Railways Pensions Scheme subscriptions from July 2012, and an update on the next passenger rail franchise in Scotland. Also, TSSA is looking to fill 2 Company Council vacancies for Operations Managers and Engineering Managers, and other rep positions.

First ScotRail Pay Increase: 3.9% from 1 April 2012
TSSA negotiated 4-year pay deal on behalf of our First ScotRail members covered by collective bargaining that delivers pay increases with protection against inflation through to 2015.

In accordance with that 4-year agreement your 2012 annual pay award will be an increase in basic pay of 3.9% with effect from 1 April 2012. This is in line with the January 2012 Retail Price Index (RPI) (published in February 2012).

For the future, the RPI inflation proof pay agreement will continue assure annual pay increases underpinned by the RPI into 2013 and 2014, or a 3% increase, whichever is greater. This safeguards the minimum value of basic pay in First ScotRail in 2013 and 2014.

In 2013 & 2014 (Year 3 and Year 4) the following improvements in pay will apply:

  • 2013-Year 3, payable from 1 April 2013, a pay increase of 3.0% or January 2013 RPI (published in February 2013) whichever is the higher.
  • 2014-Year 4, payable from 1 April 2014, a pay increase of 3.0% or January 2014 RPI (published in February 2014) whichever is the higher.

The agreements cover TSSA members in Senior Managers and Management Staff, ScotRail Operations Managers, Team Managers, Operations Supervisors, Travel Shop, Station, Clerical and Engineering Grades.

Diamond Jubilee Holiday 5 June 2012
First ScotRail has agreed to an additional lieu day on Tuesday, 5th June 2012 in regard to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Payment arrangements will be in line with those made for the Royal Wedding last year.

Railway Pensions Scheme

Discussions have been completed between the company and the trade unions following the last valuation of the First ScotRail Section of the Railway Pensions Scheme. The 2010 Actuarial Valuation indicated a funding level of 102.6% which was “..a relatively strong position ….” compared to other final salary pension schemes. Based on this valuation the future joint contribution rate will reduce from the current 25.7% to 23.3% wef 1st July 2012. As a result member contributions from 1 July 2012 will reduce from 10.28% to 9.32%.

Rail 2014: Refranchising of Passenger Railways in Scotland

The Public Consultation closed on 20 February. The next development will be when the Transport Minister publishes the Franchising Policy Statement. TSSA and the other trade unions have been involved in a range of activities arising from the Rail 2014 Consultation. In addition to our recent postcard campaign, there have been a number of activities in the Scottish Parliament aimed at briefing MSP’s on the key implications from Rail 2014 for the future of passenger railways in Scotland.

There will be an outcomes report on the Rail 2014 Consultation published by Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government later this year. The High Level Output Specification-the strategic document which states what the Scottish Government requires Network Rail to deliver in the 5 year control period-will be published in July with details of the future contract(s) for rail passenger services published towards the end of 2012.

The refranchising of Scotland’s passenger rail services in 2014 will be significantly influenced by the UK Government’s Command Paper taking forward the findings of Sir Roy McNulty’s Rail Value for Money Study.

TSSA Company Council Staff Side: Two Vacancies For Management Staff Reps
As a result of promotion and retirement there are currently two vacancies for Management Staff Reps on the Staff Side of Company Council as follows:
ScotRail Operations Managers ( Whole Company)  
ScotRail Engineering Managers ( Whole Company)

Because the term of office for these vacancies ends on 31 December 2012 (and a General election for the Staff Side from 2013 onwards will begin around July) it has been decided to co-opt members to fill these casual vacancies. To be eligible for the seats a candidate must: have six months’ service with First ScotRail Railways Ltd; be a member of TSSA; and work in the relevant Grade Group.

Please contact Tom Kennedy if you are interested in either of these vacancies.

Health & Safety Representation: Vacancies
There remain opportunities for TSSA members to become Health and Safety Reps.

Currently there are vacancies for local Reps as follows:
Atrium Court - 1 vacancy
Operations Team Managers -3 vacancies
Operations Support (Clerical) -1vacancy
Operations (Travel Shop/Station Grades) -12 vacancies
Engineering Director (Engineering Managers/Traincare Grades/Clerical) -3 vacancies

Please contact the TSSA Members' Helpdesk for more information.

Would you like to become active in the TSSA?
TSSA reps and activists fulfil a vital role providing representation, advice and support for TSSA members in the workplace. We need more people who would like to help develop our TSSA structures in Scotland. If you are you interested in becoming active in TSSA, please contact Tom Kennedy.

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