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LNER: 2019 Pay Offer

11 January 2019

As previously reported, following a number of meetings the Company has made a pay offer which we now understand has been formally accepted by our sister Unions. Your negotiating team were keen to listen to your feedback before responding to the Company, and so far despite understandable concerns about the lack of detail around plans for the future of Travel Centres and Stations, reaction to the pay elements of the offer have been largely positive. We are therefore proposing to accept the offer, but before doing so want to give members a further opportunity to raise any concerns. If you do not agree that we should accept the offer then please contact me on winesj@tssa.org.uk no later than midday on Friday 18 January. The full details of the offer are as follows:

Year One:An increase of 3.0% or RPI on basic pay and associated allowances effective from Sunday 31st March 2019, or a minimum payment of £600 (whichever of these being the greater).

Year Two:An increase equivalent to RPI on basic pay and associated allowances effective from Sunday 29th March 2020. We will also offer a minimum payment in Year Two, which will be calculated in accordance with the methodology in year one, the amount being dependent upon RPI at that time.

In both years our RPI reference period is February, with all increases in pay remaining subject to the pension cap.

Included within our offer, is a commitment to mobile technology, with all employees engaging fully in this area and using the mobile telephones issued to them as part of their everyday role.

We have also proposed a joint commitment to meaningful discussions in the following areas:

Attendance

To establish a joint working group to review current absence trends with a view to identifying causes of absence and exploring opportunities which will lead to improved attendance at work, the scope of this working group will be jointly agreed however the identified objectives include:

· improvements in employee attendance delivering a decreased absence trend.

· exploring the potential of and introducing employee wellbeing initiatives.

· encouraging personal responsibility for health and wellbeing including initiatives such as on-line return to work declarations.

· addressing statutory issues of non-compliance within the current policy.

Grade Specific Projects

To engage in meaningful discussions with trade union partners with a view to reaching agreement in the following areas:

Travel Centre

To discuss and agree additional pay enhancements for travel centre grades, paid in April 2020 subject to the successful introduction of;

· multi skilled travel consultant positions including front of house floor walking activities

· mobile ticket retailing technology

Station and Travel Centre

To develop a specific working group to review resourcing options in small stations and travel centres, including consideration of the benefits of a multi skilling allowance payable to employees achieving cross functional station and travel centre competence. The working group will;

· explore and discuss the benefits of multi skilling by station and travel centre location

· explore the long term and phased introduction of a multi skilled model in identified locations

We have confirmed within our discussions that no reduction in station and travel centre roles will arise from these grade specific projects.

The offer commits us to meaningful discussions but is not dependant on us reaching any particular outcome or agreement on the above elements. Therefore, the inflation proof increases to pay are guaranteed, and against a background of clear Government statements about using the much less favourable CPI (Consumer Price Index) as a reference point for pay discussion in the rail sector, we have secured an offer that retains the link to RPI that has always been our base reference point. We have also secured minimum payments to give a pay-boost to the lowest paid staff, and should inflation fall significantly over the next few months then everyone would benefit from the minimum 3% increase in year one.

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