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17 February 2017

Amey Rail members covered by collective bargaining are entering the final year of a three year pay deal linked to inflation. Despite a renegotiation clause, Amey wrote to impose a cap on salary increases

Download our circular here:   Feb 2017 Amey Pay Circular 

Amey Rail members covered by collective bargaining are entering the final year of a three year pay deal linked to inflation (2015 offer letter here http://bit.ly/AmeyPay15Word). Despite a renegotiation clause, Amey wrote to impose a cap on salary increases: http://bit.ly/AmeyOfferFeb17

Complete our survey today

All TSSA members within collective bargaining at Amey will receive an email via surveymonkey inviting them to participate in an online referendum to decide whether to accept or reject the company’s proposed pay, capped at 3%. We also want your views on how to tackle Amey’s potentially unlawful refusal to calculate overtime within holiday pay.

The survey closes 28 February. If you haven’t received your invitation by 21 February, check your workplace and email details are update via www.tssa.org.uk/mytssa or email helpdesk@tssa.org.uk.

Members face increasing cost of living

The Retail Prices Index (RPI) for January 2017 has been reported as 2.6%. This is the highest increase in the cost of living since June 2014, putting our members and their families under increasing financial pressure as the cost of food and household bills continue to rise.

Amey have written to our union to state their intention to renege on their 2015 commitment to renegotiate, unilaterally imposing a 3% pay cap.

Commitment to renegotiate

The clause below was activated by the RPI figure published on 14 February. We will be responding formally to request that Amey honour their commitment to negotiate:

"The unions (RMT and TSSA) have the right to request further negotiation for year 3 (2017) if RPI is more than 2% as reported in January 2017. At a minimum, Amey will honour the existing deal for year 3. As RPI data for January are normally published mid-February a commitment to meet for further discussion should this criterion be met by the end of February 2017."

During joint negotiations in 2015, the majority of TSSA members voted to reject the company's offer of RPI + 1% capped at 3% but faced difficulties when negotiators for our sister union, RMT, formally accepted the same offer. Amey offered a compromise position that allowed a return to the negotiating table if the January 2017 reported RPI figure was above 2%. In a referendum on the revised offer, 89% of TSSA members voted to accept the offer, indicating that the commitment to renegotiate under current economic conditions was a priority for members.

Recap on pay deal

Late 2014

TSSA members surveyed to formulate the Amey pay claim for a one year deal

May 2015

Talks result in final offer of three-year inflation linked deal with 3% cap in years two and three.

June 2015

85% of members vote to reject

June 2015

RMT accept offer

July 2015

Amey table revised offer with commitment to renegotiation if January 2017 RPI above 2%

July 2015

TSSA accept offer after 89% of members vote to agree

January 2017

RPI at 2.6%. Amey propose to cap at 3%. TSSA request talks

 

You can help secure a better deal!

There are many things you can do to help improve your pay and conditions at work:

  • Print this notice and place copies on noticeboards
  • Complete the survey and encourage colleagues to do so
  • Check your details via mytssa or contact the Helpdesk if you haven’t received your survey invitation email by 21 February
  • Encourage any members not in a union to join at www.tssa.org.uk/join
  • For reasons to join, view and share this video http://bit.ly/TSSA10Reasons

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