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Industrial action looms at Translink

26 March 2017

TSSA are to balloting members at Translink shortly over a pay dispute in their management, professional and technical (MPT) grades.

A letter will be sent to the company tomorrow (Monday 27th) March notifying them that we will begin balloting our members or industrial action next week.

The pay dispute relates to the 2016/17 pay award after MPT staff were offered less than other grades in Translink.

Said TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes,

"After almost a year of waiting for the company to come to the table our members received an offer which was 1% lower than every other grade in Translink. This insulting, derisory and divisive offer has lost the company the respect of their management and engineering staff who feel that they have little option but to take industrial action as, despite our attempts to meet with senior HR officials in Translink, the company have failed to respond to our requests to reconvene pay talks.

"TSSA members in the MPT are responsible for the efficient operation, maintenance and safety of the bus and rail fleet and have worked diligently to keep the timetabled implementation of the new Belfast Rapid Transit system on track as well as provide support for major events such as the Balmoral Show. That Translink feel they can treat senior staff, who have shown such goodwill, with flagrant disregard is unacceptable and TSSA intends to hold them to account for it.

Should they wish to speak to me, in the meantime, they know where to find me."

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