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Maintenance Bands 5-8: Fighting For Fair Pay!

25 October 2011

Our solicitors are commencing Employment Tribunal proceedings against Network Rail to challenge the company’s decision not to pay the agreed salary increase for many of our band 5-8 and equivalent members in Maintenance. This will proceed initially in a “test case” basis with one individual’s case acting as a precedent. We are anticipating that the outcome of this case will then be applied to other similarly affected staff. As an “on-going deduction”, every time you are paid less than the agreed increase, the three month time limit to start a tribunal claim restarts.

 An Injury To One Is An Injury to All!

So far, we have the details of around 50 members in bands 5-8 in Maintenance who have not received the negotiated pay increase of 5.2%. The circumstances of those affected vary significantly, the issue is the same: Even a reduction of 0.1% against your negotiated pay increase represents an attack on your collective rights as workers. The message is simple, if your employer can get away with even an apparently insignificant reduction in this year’s pay for a few individuals, they will try to get away with murder in future.

Not a Union Member? Who Will Fight For the Pay You Receive?!

We’ve all heard colleagues who aren’t members of a recognised union repeating lines such as “why should I pay to join a union? I’ll get the same pay rise as you anyway”. Not only is it true that the larger the membership, the stronger the position at the negotiating table, it is clear that employees cannot rely on the assumption that Network Rail will honour its obligation to apply collective agreements to every individual. If you have colleagues that may not be in a union already, encourage them to join TSSA today!

Together We’re Stronger!

If you are covered by the pay negotiations for maintenance bands 5-8 and equivalent and you’ve received a pay increase below 5.2% against last year’s and you haven’t already, email your name, home address, membership number, workplace address and any relevant information, such as your contract type and any pay increase you received to fairpay@tssa.org.uk.

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